Witness, if you will, the unholy ménage à trois of sludge, post-punk, and avant-garde sensibilities, swaddled in rhythmic cycles, abstract patterns, and seriously hard-hitting percussion. Zahn packs a punch for fans of The Jesus Lizard, Torcheor, and The Desert Sessions with its relentless rhythm and texture.
Zahn is a new instrumental noise-rock supergroup. For this record, Nic Stockmann (Heads., Eisenvater) Chris Breuer (Heads.,The Ocean) and Felix Gebhard (Einstürzende Neubauten) holed themselves up in Peter Voigtmann’s recording studio, Die Muhle, for a two-day recording session incorporating a wide span of genres: early 80s post-punk, Krautrock, electronica, and sludge. Like Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, the trio of Stockman, Breuer, and Gebhard have produced a record that shows them in their unique strengths, but which also allows them to tread new paths. They have convened, done sonic ritual, and now offer “Pavian”, a bizarre concept instrumental with a comical, if surreal, accompanying video of sports video footage.
“Pavian is an observation of the male species human and/or anthropoid,” the band explains. “The strange rites of alpha male leisure activities and/or sports. The repetitive beat on which ZAHN are riding here, although not very fast measured in BPM, would make for a pretty exhausting stroke pattern on a galley ship – resulting in the rowers accelerating it far beyond the usual 2 to 3 knots. Ahoy!“
The track was recorded by Peter Voigtmann at Die Mühle Studios in Gyhum, Germany, mixed by Dennis Jüngel at Bedroom Eyes Facilities in Berlin-Friedrichshain, and mastered by Philipp Welsing at Original Mastering in Hamburg.
Hard hitting and free-flowing alike, Zahn is a great experimental undertaking avant la lettre, served with a German avant-garde sensibility. Watch “Pavian” below:
And stream the track here.
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