Boomkat Product Review:
Unmissable, unreleased ZF blinder, seemingly riffing on Russian orthodox church chants and/or prison songs with their inimitable, Northumbrian, ambient noise accent - must check for fans of The Caretaker/The Stranger, Stephan Mathieu, Coil, Two Daughters
On ‘Russian Heterodoxical Songs’ we can hear Zoviet France echoing a sense of solidarity and mutual spirits between their native Northumberland’s landscape of post-industrial and rural wilds, and those of ancient and soviet Russian backwaters. It’s all speculation on our behalf, but the strings seem to resemble wheezing miners songs and Northumbrian folk standards as much as Russian Orthodox folk chant and the kind of aching prison songs referenced by Coil, but naturally eroded, strung-out and smudged with Zoviet France’s patented magick, and even a Tarkovskyan sense of metaphysics. We can hardly imagine a better soundtrack to a world back-pedalling into feudalism and losing sight of spirituality in the new/old world dense flux.