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DIGITALIS

Zombi

 

Progressive Electronic

3.33 | 2 ratings

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Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer
3 stars 'Digitalis EP' - Zombi (5/10)

Here is a relatively short bout of music from the space rock duo Zombi, a partnership between electronics wizard Steve Moore and percussionist A.E Paterra. 'Digitalis' is a three song extended play; a shorter dose of the typically fun and atmospheric music this collaboration tends to make. For anyone who has listened to the music of this project before, they should know what to expect. For those who haven't, Zombi makes a style of music that is very close in sound to the stuff Klaus Schulze does; spacey and atmospheric electronica. What makes Zombi a bit different however, is their use of more- dare I say- danceable rhythms and live percussion. In this sense, 'Digitalis' is a fairly standard outing for Zombi. Although each of the three tracks here go their own direction, Zombi reaffirms their sense of style with this one, creating an EP that is fairly good, but doesn't manage to hold my attention like some of this duo's other work.

The first track here 'Digitalis' is the most rock-oriented, based around a synth idea. It adds new layers and sounds as it goes on, and while some of the ideas here work very well, the song does seem to go on far past its due; there's simply not enough going on with the sound to even keep the track going past four minutes. 'Siberia' is a much darker piece, making use of ominous percussion and atmospheric effects. It is an eerie ambient piece, and while pleasant sounding enough, it is far from memorable. Rounding off the last half of the EP's length is the nine minute 'Sapphire', which thrusts the listener into a cheesy '80s Eurodance club, sounding much like a track that one could both dance to, and appreciate on a compositional level. It is certainly the most intriguing thing that the EP has to offer in any case, and while it plods on for far too long, the ideas here are uplifting and charming.

Without much sense of flow to it or even one track that really jumps out at me, it is difficult to call 'Digitalis' a standout release. Instead, it is an extension of Zombi's music, and is worth a listen or two before moving back to some of the band's stronger material.

Conor Fynes | 3/5 |

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