The twin sisters Cristi Jo and Jessica are Zambri, both in surname and musical guise. I first mentioned them on Stereogum when they jumped onstage and added petite, but substantial, vocal muscle to Hooray For Earth during that band’s CMJ 2010 shortlist winning set; it was the sort of highlight that deserved identification. A year on, Zambri has new EP set for Kanine Records, titled Glossolalia. It’s a promising, hooky five-track set of left-field, occasionally gothic and avant garde electronic pop.
Evidently, Zambri are production and synth-wonks. Glossolalia‘s tracks swerve and unsettle on a bed of loaded, dissonant production. But their best moments build songs from a strong, new romantic melodic base: “To Keep Back,” is sultry and slow moving (key phrase “time doesn’t exist”) with haunted keyboards that Zola Jesus would jump at; “On Call (biddibiddi)” dives into Gang Gang-redolent rhythmic clang and knotty modality. It’s not surprising that the EP’s credits include Gang Gang studio man Chris Coady on a few tracks, then, nor that there’s a mixing credit for frequent collaborator/mate Hooray For Earth’s Noel Heroux. You can dive in with this MP3 of “Heather” for a taste of their vocal embrace/squiggle and squawk production vibe at work. Think St. Vincent on warped vinyl.
Remix by Hooray For Earth:
Glossolalia is out 11/8 via Kanine. Williamsburg: There’s an EP release show tonight at Glasslands, with Beige, Maribu Stork (Noel from Hooray For Earth), and the ace, recent Software signee Autre Ne Veut. Buy tickets. And if you want Zambri remixing Hooray For Earth, an MP3 of that is up on HFE’s site.