Noth by Zs.
Band Website: Zs

Another band who is making a move towards embracing the modern sensibilities of releasing albums is Zs.

They have partnered with a shop and record label to release limited edition albums (unlimited digital, thank goodness!) of music they would probably otherwise not release.

Zs is a long running band currently comprised of Patrick Higgins on Guitar, Greg Fox on Drums, Sam Hillmer on Sax, and Michael Behare on Electronics.

Noth is the album of this configuration of players and it is pretty great.

Their last album, proper, was Xe, which was very critically acclaimed, but while good, but I found the digital effects they were running the guitar through overwhelmed the playing a bit. This new album, with a Sax player and someone taking charge of electronics feels a bit looser and less processed. I think part of it is the sax increasing the sonic palette away from guitar.

In any case, it swings pretty freely.

If you get a chance, check it out and support artists working outside of the normal framework of major label record releases.

#Zs #Noth #TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #AniseSwallowtail #PapilioZelicaon

2017-08-23 Xe

Xe by Zs.

Since I’ve been recently playing with digital tools for recording and manipulating sound, it is interesting to listen through a release like Xe where nearly every track involves some sort of effect or looping.

I can’t quite decide how I feel about listening to albums where it almost seems more like a showcase for digital effects than a recording of people playing together.

Said the pot to the kettle.

In any case, a very interesting album.

#TodaysCommuteSoundtrack #Xe #Zs