Zombi – “Shrunken Heads” (Stereogum Premiere)
Zombi’s fourth album Escape Velocity finds the progressive instrumental duo of multi-instrumentalist/producer Steve Moore (Titan, Gianni Rossi, Lovelock, etc.) and drummer Anthony Paterra dispensing with the guitars that surfaced on 2009’s Spirit Animal in favor of their icier, older-school synth and drum compositions. We’re also told “whereas earlier efforts found the band entrenched in Italian horror scores, Escape Velocity finds Zombi continuing their exploration of famed Italian record producer Giorgio Moroder and legendary Kraut Rock icons Neu and Harmonia.” It offers a sparer, more disembodied feel than Zombi’s recent outings, perfect for infinite streaming on a laptop during your next sunrise. (Or if you ever find yourself in the situation presented by the cover art.) Take a listen to track three, the 8-minute “Shrunken Heads.”
Escape Velocity is out 5/10 via Relapse.