Tuesday, December 22, 2009

ZA! -- Macumba o Muerte

Holy shit. I don't know what else to say about this one. Holy fucking shit. Imagine some fluid combination of Masada, Oneida, Fela Kuti, Zu, Rudolph Grey, Fanfare Ciocărlia, Crash Worship, Tuvan throat singing, Einstürzende Neubauten, etc. (I could probably go on if I tried). If that sounds over the top, well...it is. But it works. I haven't been this floored by a new album in a long time. The album is a bit uneven, but the highlights are unlike anything else you've ever heard. I can't stop smiling.

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meltedrubbersoul said...

Yeah, that would about sum it up....damn! Thank ou for posting it, I probably ouldve never heard this ever had you not.

Bender said...

And if you haven't seen them live, you should!!

soundweave said...

Happy new year buddy!

melonfarmer said...

thanks, man. same to you. i'll check that mayyors out now.

so where's your top 50 of '09?

soundweave said...

still working on my list. here's one list that might be up your alley
and here's todd's big ripper in case you don't have it

goeStajer said...

This is a great album indeed. Thanx for posting this.
Ordered a copy on LP in the meantime ... took me some effort to contact the label-owner, friendly guy. He asked me how I knew about ZA! and his label, so I pointed him to your post which he found awesome! (his words). So there you go, an example of a label that's glad some of their stuff ends up on a d/l blog.

Lucy said...

Hi from Barcelona! It's awesome to see this posted, ZA! are super, especially live! There are other bands from over here that you've totally got to check out if you liked these guys: Les Aus and Qa'a. Great stuff!

melonfarmer said...

hey lucy -- i'll definitely those bands out. it's been difficult to find the time for this place lately, but i plan to get back into that before long, too. thanks for the tip.

Bill said...

Here's another wild tip you might find interesting.

We refer to it as "Analog Music from a Lost World" -- previously unreleased post-punk experimental rock from 1981, unlike anything else recorded before or after.

"It’s out there but a really good listen...some awesome experimental work." — Richmond Playlist

"It’s challenging music made by a collection of people who know what the f_ck they’re talking about when it comes to records...fantastic record...holds its own unique feel and straight weirdness. What more could you want?" -- anuncontrollableurge.com

"...enjoyed it immensely! Odd, odd sounds, but funky in a twisted way." — snapcrackleandpops.blogspot.com

"...a comment i had from an anonymous friend made me to move my old fat ass and write about this unique lost treasure, post-punk mixed with avant-rock, filled with spastic rhythms and synths in a very New York-ish manner, something like a No Wave Beefheart, if he was a female..." — buginthecity.blogspot.com

"It's amazing!" -- Gibraltar Encyclopedia of Progressive Rock

"...pretty weird: mixtures of grrl band vocals, psych rock and spaced-out guitar, and 60s style poetic verse.
Pretty weird, in the good way." — g-spotlight.blogspot.com

"Once again, those lovely folks over at WFMU beat us all to the punch with another chunk of previously unknown avant/post-punk brilliance circa 1981, proving that no matter how much you root around, there's always another truffle waiting to be dug up..." -- nonotnyet.blogspot.com

“...lovely and odd...” -- No Rock and Roll Fun.com

"It reminds me at times of early Sonic youth. To be honest I love anything which contains deranged female warblings. You can listen to or download the whole thing from the Free Music Archive website. Well worth an hour of your time." -- burningworld.blogspot.com

"...some hefty grooves, and plenty of 'holy shit" moments'. It's a spacious but highly rewarding listen, and I wouldn't be surprised if some label makes an effort to press this on vinyl in the near future." -- ongakubaka.blogspot.com

Jason Sigal, Managing Director at WFMU said:
"This is amazing stuff and we would be honored to feature it in wfmu's curated portal on the free music archive. I'm very sorry for our slow response, we have a lot of stuff to wade through to find gems like these."