Boomkat Product Review:
First vinyl pressing of Zoviet France’s ritualistic 1993 album, originally available on CD via their Charrm label, now part of Vinyl-On-Demand’s comprehensive reissue programme
‘What Is Not True’ is a classic in the Newcastle band’s singular cosmos of ambient noise, and appears here slightly edited for vinyl purposes, with the paganistic drone and folk atmosphere of ‘Public Service Announcement’ and the liminal voices of ‘Not Just What To Say’ paired on the A-side, and their immense 54’ excursion into subharmonic drone ‘Cyclonic Sub Alien’ cleft in two over the other sides, sounding like some ancient pre-echo of Stephen O’Malley and Senyawa slowed 1000%.
Until the hypnic jerks kick in, this one’s got potential to takes listeners right out there to another place and time entirely. Best consumed by the keenest isolationists in a bothy on high moorland with a thermos and lots of layers, probably.