Boomkat Product Review:
"ZS have performed alongside a dizzying complement of colleagues and collaborators ranging from Throbbing Gristle's Genesis P. Orridge, to Roscoe Mitchell, to Christian Wolf, not to mention hundreds of comrades from the Brooklyn DIY scene, that has been home to ZS' myriad incarnations and musical and artistic tangents. In 10 years, ZS has assumed no less than 10 distinct line ups. In 2010, ZS’ New Slaves album garnered the band a formidable amount of attention elevating the trio of Sam Hillmer, Ben Greenberg, and Ian Antonio to primacy in the public eye. Nevertheless, all of the expressions the band has found through its many members (15 in total) have played an integral role in the development of ZS' music. A particularly underrepresented lineup in public awareness of ZS' activities is the original ZS sextet that authored and performed the music on this box set. Interestingly, this line up was active without change in membership for longer than any other ZS incarnation, and takes up the first half of the band's 10 year career releasing about 4 hours of music available now on SCORE for the first time in years! When ZS first formed the sextet, the band operated as a composers collective who played their own compositions. All members of the band huddled over sheet music on music stands illuminated by floodlights. The band was known for ensemble style rather than individual styles of the players, and developed a particular reputation for a near pathological commitment to unison execution of counter intuitive rhythms at an ear splitting volume, or at a virtually inaudible volume. Additionally, the band wore uniforms, a way of drawing attention away from the people playing in the band, and toward the group responsible for the monolithic rhythms and harmonies ZS spun out relentlessly at early shows. This stands in stark contrast to the emphasis on individual style found in ZS’ recent work. That said, this music is important in the development of ZS as it articulates the formation of the aesthetic and formal vocabulary that would form the underpinning for all future journeys the band would take. At present ZS remains committed to constant change in method and stasis in intention - different means, people, and aesthetics, always meant to instigate questioning and challenge preconception." Tracklisting: DISC ONE: Retrace A Walk, Slalom, Olympics, Mimesis, Zs, Bump, Karate, (Untitled), Glyphs, Play DISC TWO: In My Dream I Shot A Monk, Magnet, Four Systems (Tzadik Edit), Four Systems (Complete Version), Arms, Retrace A Walk (Live), Pendulum, Bump (Live), Slalom (Live), Mimesis (Live), Zs (Live), In My Dream I Shot A Monk (Remix) DISC THREE: B Is For Burning, Woodworking, Nobody Wants To Be Had, Balk, I Can’t Concentrate, Except When You Don’t Because Sometimes You Won’t, Z Is For Zone, Except When You Don’t Because Sometimes You Won’t (Zebrablood Remix), Bump (Zebrablood Remix) DISC FOUR: I Can’t Concentrate (Prototype), Tenor Duet, Balk (Prototype), Woodworking Drums (version), Woodworking Drums, For Zs [excerpt] (Live at Paula Cooper Gallery), Fall and Climb, Mimesis (Alternate), Z Is For Zone (Remix).