Boomkat Product Review:
First vinyl edition of Zoviet France’s 1990 album of folk from adjacent dimensions, arriving in V-O-D’s 2nd batch of comprehensive reissues spanning the Northumberland band’s first decade, ‘Châsse 2ᵉ’
‘Just an Illusion’ is a potently hypnagogic example of ZF’s hallucinatory lo-fi dub tekkers in effect. As we can tell, the band’s foundational line-up of Ben Ponton and Robin Storey are manning the controls, typically syncretising surreally natural elisions of far-flung styles into a singular sonic vernacular that transcends time and place.
We’re instantly snagged on the mid-eastern blues lilt and hard-to-place vocals of ‘Lief Lulla’, and transported perpendicular across eons to glorious cosmic noise, grinding berimbau-type rhythms and genuinely heart-in-mouth moments of ambient beauty that are worth the price of admission for the opportunity to discover them alone, nestled in between the moonlit moorland scapes and wide rolling river masses of their sound.
If you love getting stranded at the bleakest/lushest points of their early work, or indeed AFX’s SAW II, which came out a few years later, this one will take you there, and beyond.