Thursday 22 November 2018

Zwoyld - Zgond (2018)

The second album from this French band.

Zwoyld was a quintet on this album with a lineup of drums, bass, guitars, keyboards and vocals.
A guest musician provided saxophone.

I reviewed their 2014 debut album 200 000 back in August 2014 and liked it a lot. The review can be found here.

The band is regarded as a zeuhl band. This is a genre I really love. So I was looking forward to this album.

The band is open admirers of Magma. But they do not sound a great deal like Magma. Their take on zeuhl is much, much more subtle.

The first part of this forty five minutes long album is not zeuhl at all. It is jazz more in the vein of Django Reinhardt than Magma.

The vocals arrive and we turn this album much more in the direction of zeuhl. The music never becomes hardcore zeuhl and it is debatable if this is a zeuhl album at all.

In my estimations, it is indeed a zeuhl album.

The bass and the keyboards plus the guitars are very much chugging along zeuhl pattern lines. So it is a subtle take on zeuhl.

The album is good throughout though after the not so interesting opening salvos on this album which feature pretty uninspired jazz. But it becomes a good to very good album after that.

Check out this album.

3 points

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