Exposé Online banner

Will Z. — New Start
(Mega Dodo DODOLP 9 / DODOCD 9, 2015, CD/LP)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2015-07-11

New Start Cover art

Part of the joy of reviewing is the exposure to new music and unknown artists. In this case we have an artist known as Will Z. There is very little information available about who Will Z. actually is. All that I can find out is that Will Z. is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer who first appeared in his band Cosmic Trip Machine in 2008. Since then he has dabbled in several musical genres from dark occult rock to hard rock to acid folk to baroque pop. On June 8 Mega Dodo released Will Z.’s new solo album New Start. There are six tracks listed, but in reality what you have are two side-longs tracks of some of the best cosmic cum psychedelic music you can hear since the 70s. Will Z. sings, plays 12 string and acoustic guitar, electric guitar, wah-wah fuzz guitar, keyboards, piano, sitar, bass, Mellotron, synths, and xylophone. Joining him on this record are Juan Arkotxa (flutes), Leslie MacKenzie (percussion), Carmeta Mansilla (vocals), Alice Artaud (vocals), Adam Geoffrey Cole (oud), Anne (synths), and the late Daevid Allen (glissando guitar). New Start opens with “Jain Devotion (Parts I – III)” and closes with “Jain Devotion (Parts IV – V).” “Jain Devotion” begins with some watery electronics that over the course of several minutes resolve into electric guitar and drones, drifting eventually into Krautrock ala Yatha Sidhra’s A Meditation Mass. About halfway through the opening track Will Z. begins to sing and I was struck by the similarity to Andy Latimer of Camel. Daevid Allen joins in on the closing track to create a more floating, relaxing vibe making “Jain Devotion” an aural mandala. Sandwiched in between are “Namo” with its repeated metallic rhythm, simple melodic sequence, and unintelligible vocals, “Evil Namo” that becomes amorphous and dark, “Greek Loop” with its temple bells and wordless singing that reminded me a bit of Popol Vuh, and “Nefle” with fuzzed guitars that develop into something Harmonia would have played. Quite an excellent new release, the likes of which we have not heard in decades!


Filed under: New releases, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): Daevid Allen, Will Z.

More info
http://megadodo.bandcamp.com/album/new-start

Latest news

2019-12-11
There's No Time Like the Present – The Belgian band Present has been one of the best avant-rock bands in the world since its formation in 1979. Over the years since then, Present has released nine amazing albums, and now they're ready to start work on number ten. They're looking for some financial help from their fans around the world. » Read more

2019-11-07
Glenn Smith RIP – Glenn Smith, founder, mandolinist, and primary composer of the DeLand, Florida based prog / fusion band Magnatar, passed away on October 18th 2019 at the age of 68, after a brief illness.  » Read more

2019-11-04
Dino Brassea RIP – Word reaches us of the passing of Dino Brassea, who sang and played flute in Cast for many years. By our count, Brassea appeared on 11 Cast albums between 1994 and 2002. He also released music as a solo artist. » Read more

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

White Willow - Ignis Fatuus – This one was worth the wait! This new band from Norway plays a rich blend of folk and symphonic rock, sprinkled with a generous helping of classical influence. Fronted by the gorgeous female voice of...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues