Monday, October 19, 2009

Zu - Carboniferous

Zu’s is a rather admirable brand of avant-garde populism. Throw almost any left-field tag at them and it works: free improv, no-wave, punk, alternative metal, math rock, noise rock, avant-prog—Zu is the grime that builds up in the drain when all these genres are slaughtered in the same warehouse. But their populism lies not only in their embrace of styles but the fact that they constantly violate what is considered by many bands to be the sanctity of membership. Numerous groups go through lineup changes but few like this: Zu has always been Italian trio Jacopo Battaglia (drums), Massimo Pupillo (bass), and Luca T. Mai (baritone/alto sax), but they play with a revolving-door series of collaborators—everyone from Mats Gustafsson to Nobukazu Takemura—who often become the distinguishing factors between their numerous records. Still, Zu’s sound is unmistakable, perhaps because in the same way they collaborate as if they were one person, they play as if all their instruments emanated from a single source.
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1. Ostia
2. Chthonian
3. Carbon
4. Beata Viscera
5. Erinys
6. Soulympics
7. Axia
8. Mimosia Hostilis
9. Obsidian
10. Orc


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