Exposé Online banner

Thierry Zaboitzeff — Planet Luvos
(Booster BTZ972, 2012, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-09-21

Planet Luvos Cover artTZ’s latest comprises music written for a theater project created by the Editta Braun Company in Austria in 2012. That’s all one can tell about it from the scant credits on the disc. His website offers a bit more information: "The Salzburg choreographer Editta Braun leads us through a blue underwater world back to the origins of life... The viewer sinks into a blue, bubbling waterworld. The only sign that humans exist is the distant sound of a steamship whistle, somewhere far away.” Perhaps Act 1 has no musical accompaniment, but the seven pieces here go from Act 2 to Act 8, and most are avant-garde ambient vignettes of varying length featuring synthesizers, strings, bass, guitar, grotesque treated voices, bells, various other percussion, and an abundance of sampled sounds and voices. The pervasive sound of water haunts most of this, and those voices that weave in and out of the instrumental bed throughout the production are disturbingly dark, sinister and demonic, recalling some horror movie soundtrack material. Much of it is just a free-floating web of atmospherics, textures, and samples; most of this has no steady rhythmic beat that would place this anywhere close to rock, but melodies do appear and dissolve within the gentle mayhem. One might at times be reminded of the avant abstractions of Far Corner or Yeti Rain, or even Djam Karet’s dark ambient side. Very good for what it is.

Filed under: New releases, 2012 releases

Related artist(s): Thierry Zaboitzeff

Latest news

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Magma - Mekanïk Zeuhl Wortz – Here's one of those unbelievably powerful Magma concerts that's been circulating on cassette for years, finally cleaned up and transferred to CD. Hallelujah! This is one of the best live shows...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues