Ultra Zook — Ultra Zook
(Dur et Doux DD-038, 2019, CD / LP / DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-08-25
Over the years France has produced some of the finest progressive rock, as well as some of the strangest, far out music you can imagine. Case in point is the French band Ultra Zook. This trio of Benjamin Bardiaux (keyboards, flute, and vocals), Rémit Faraut (drums, flute, and vocals), and Emmanuel Slachoua (bass, flute, and vocals) say they are working tirelessly to produce the most beautiful songs and play them live with exponential professionalism. I cannot quite say that I agree with this statement. Their self-titled fourth album contains some of the strangest music you will every hear. It straddles the avant garde and the melodic. Taking elements of Hector Zazou, ZNR, Ptôse, Clinik Organik Muzak Anatomik (C.O.M.A.), and possibly that other extremely out-there French group, Sebkha-Chott, Ultra Zook plays unclassifiable music. Mixed in are snippets of African music, odd tempos, dissonance, vibes, video game synths, chanting, falsetto, and crazed vocal harmonies. The strangeness of the music never ends. Just when you think you have a song figured out, they go in a completely new direction. This is disruptive music with a pleasant side. So, if you are looking for something completely different, check out Ultra Zook.
Related artist(s): Ultra Zook
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
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
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