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Jan Van Imschoot The End Is Never Near
Karlo Kacharava europalia georgia
Het Brievenproject van Joseph Willaert
The Brussels mavericks of ZAÄAR, the Belgian collective, are born from a rib of NEPTUNIAN MAXIMALISM, the cosmic free-jazz orchestra that in the last few years catalyzed the attention of those in love with psychedelic music, experimental drone doom and space ambient. “Magická Džungl’a” is ZAÄAR’s monumental manifesto, as amazing and ambitious in scope as was NEPTUNIAN MAXIMALISM’s “Éons”. This surrealist free improvisation quintet thrives on instantaneous composition of tribal, industrial, voodoo, shamanic and spiritual music.
They stand for ethereal incantating sounds with an extensive set of instruments, ritual slant and trance effect, an absolute must for fans of Magma.
ZAÄAR's debut double album is a quite different electric beast. Featuring singer/multi-instrumentalist Guillaume CZLT (also active in ÔROS KAÙ and SOL KIA), saxophonist-extraordinaire Jean Jacques Duerinckx, the explosive rhythmic section of Sébastien Schmit and Hugues Philippe Desrosiers, and Didié Nietzch's visionary synths, ZAÄAR drink deep from the same inspirational well to open our third eye on majestic horizons of psychedelic beauty, but their approach is more instinctual, cruder, more primitive. Their psychedelic free-jazz soaked in droning ambient melodies awakes and stimulates ancient and forgotten senses, laying dormant since when humanity has been projected into the greyness of an industrialized reality, bringing the listener back to a time when everything was new and exciting and dangerous.
ZAÄAR is more than a band: it’s the reconquest of our savage side; the terrifying and primeval roar of a mind ravaged by magic drugs; the lush sounds of a soul swimming in the primordial broth, savoring again an existence full of marvels and hazards. Welcome to the jungle!
Didié Nietzch: synths & ipads Sébastien Schmit: drums & percussions Hugues Philippe Desrosiers: electric bass Jean Jacques Duerinckx: saxophone sopranino Guillaume Cazalet CZLT: vocals, trumpet, flutes & percussions