Boomkat Product Review:
Out of print for 30 years, ZF’s sublime 1988 trip resurfaces via V-O-D with a superb example of their weathered Northumbrian drone ambience at its most spacious and porous to influence from all corners of the world
Following 2019’s treasure trove of reissues spanning their earliest 1982-1987 phase, this first vinyl reissue of ’Shouting at the Ground’ (1988) continues a comprehensive archaeological survey of the band’s seminal first decade of action at the borders of post-industrial, folk, drone and concrète dub musicks.
This one’s new to our ears, and has us by a thread thru its maze of screwed samples, possessed incantations and richly otherworldly apparitions, stretching out loops thru enigmatic FX matrices into infinitely timeless, enchantingly barren widescreen steppes and hypnorhythms that induce altered states of mind and flows of consciousness with an uncanny effect that many artists may attempt, but few achieve with such haunting affect as these guys.
Lovers of isolationist sonics from Kevin Martin to Thomas Köner and the loneliest ends of Muslimgauze will find a lot to get lost in.