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Zu reveals their dark side with Jacopo Battaglia & Thomas Luca Mai performing on electronics and Massimo focused on guitars, plus guest Luca Tilli on cello; the recordings were sent to Oxbow's Eugene S Robison, resulting in this mysterious and disturbing release.
 

Zu & Eugene S. Robinson
The Left Hand Path

Zu & Eugene S. Robinson: The Left Hand Path (Trost Records)

Label: Trost Records    
Released in: Austria    


Zu has always been a mercurial and ever-changing entity: unafraid of cross-genre explorations, eager to break down barriers between musical styles. Despite playing traditional instruments, major influences on Zu's music have always been sonic explorers like Coil, Throbbing Gristle, or early Neubauten. The sound of The Left Hand Path is the somewhat hidden side of Zu, though latent in all of its previous music. It's like digging out a box from the earth, containing everything the band had wished to highlight in previous works: ambient and droney landscapes; acoustic explorations in obscurity. The album starts programmatically with the sound of a shovel digging the earth -- a soundtrack for a descent into the underworld. It's moon musick. All of the members played electronics and Massimo focused mostly on guitars. The recordings were then sent to Eugene S. Robinson of Oxbow fame. Zu knew he was the right person to add vocals to it, and to transform the music again, into a sort of contemporary post-everything voodoo blues.

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Product Information:

UPC: 9120036681859

Label: Trost Records
Catalog ID: TROST 133CD
Squidco Product Code: 20613

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Austria
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded in Rome by Lorenzo Stecconi

Vocals at Function 8 Studios by Monte Vallier.

Personnel:

Zu-composers

Jacopo Battaglia-electronics

Thomas Luca Mai-electronics

Massimo Pupillo-guitar

Eugene Robinson-vocals

Luca Tilli-cello

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Track Listing:

1. Waiter Waited 1:56

2. Taking The Give 2:59

3. Nightly A Sky 1:41

4. A Slick Not Spoken Of Now. Or Again 2:01

5. In The Corner. Of The Corner Apartment 2:44

6. Looking For The Devil 3:14

7. The Relaxing 2:19

8. Take-Away Truck 2:39

9. Phone Call From A Well Dressed Man 1:33

10. Beg 1:21

11. Shame On Me 2:16

12. 6 O'Clock 4:15

13. Praylude 1:31

14. Land Lord 4:36

15. The Key To Good Dental Health 1:11

16. We're All Friends 2:54

17. Enterlude 0:36

18.Near To Sleep 2:12

19. Pinning The Body To The Soul 4:45