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Zu & Eugene Robinson: The Left Hand Path  [VINYL] (Trost Records)

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.

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Label: Trost Records
Catalog ID: TROST 133LP
Squidco Product Code: 19553

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Austria
Packaging: LP
Recorded in Rome by Lorenzo Stecconi

Vocals at Function 8 Studios by Monte Vallier.


Rutger Zuydervelt-composers

Jacopo Battaglia-electronics

Thomas Luca Mai-electronics

Massimo Pupillo-guitar

Eugene Robinson-vocals

Luca Tilli-cello

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"Jacopo Battaglia (Rome, 27 January 1976) is an Italian drummer, multi-instrumentalist and composer.

He is best known for being the Zu drummer, with whom he has released 14 albums with labels Atavistic / Touch and Go (USA), Southern (EU), Heads (Japan), Ipecac Recordings (USA).

He founded the Zu in 1997. He also collaborates in studio and / or live with musicians of various extractions: from free jazz (Peter Brotzmann, Han Bennink, Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilsen Love, Ken Vendermark, Hamid Drake) to alternative rock (No Means No, The Ex, Fugazi, Karate, Dalek, Lightning Bolt, Mike Patton, Melvins).

It is also part of the Ardecore (band formed by the three Zu plus other Italian musicians) with whom he won the Targa Tenco in 2007 with the album Chimera and Black Engine, a band formed by the three Zu with Eraldo Bernocchi and occasional guests such as Mick Harris (Napalm Death, Scorn), FM Einheit (Einsturzende Neubauten), also collaborates with the Gronge.

On 11 February 2011, with an official statement on the band's website, he announced that he would leave the Zu to devote himself to other projects. Greet the band with a mini tour in March 2011.

On March 2, 2011 with an official statement, The Bloody Beetroots announce that Jacopo Battaglia enters the band, as a drummer in live shows, under the pseudonym of Battle.

From January 2013 he starts playing synth and bass.

In April 2013, his first Ep by Mooro was released for the Belgian label Lektroluv Records."

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"Massimo Pupillo (Ostia - Roma) is a bass and double bass player and composer. Best known for being the bassist of Zu, which produced bio 15 albums with labels like Atavistic / Touch n 'Go (USA), Southern (EU), Heads (JAPAN), Ipecac Records (USA) and numerous singles and split with other labels.

He collaborate in many different (musical and not only) projects, from jazz, to improvisation, avant-garde, noise, taking an interest in movies soundtracks and theater.He has join the stage and the sounds with a very long list of musicians including ... Thurston Moore, Jim O' Rourke (sonic youth), Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen Love, Terrie (Ex), Katia Labeque, Giovanni Sollima, Nicola Tescari, David Chalmin, Chris Corsano, Eraldo Bernocchi and FM Einheit (Einsturzende Neubauten), Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Yoshigaki Yasuhiro, Geoff Farina, Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake, DJ Olive, Otomo Yoshihide, Amy Denio, Gianni Gebbia, Lukas Ligeti, Fred Lonberg- Holm, Joe Lally e Guy Picciotto (fugazi), Peter Brötzmann, Caspar Brötzmann, Damo Suzuki (Can), Eugene S. Robinson (Oxbow), Steve MacKay (The Stooges), Mieko Suzuki, Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O' Malley and... yes we could go on for a long time..."

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track listing:


1. Waiter Waited

2. Taking The Give

3. Nightly A Sky

4. A Slick Not Spoken Of Now. Or Again

5. In The Corner. Of The Corner Apartment

6. Looking For The Devil

7. The Relaxing

8. Take-Away Truck

9. Phone Call From A Well Dressed Man

10. Beg


1. Shame On Me

2. 6 O'Clock

3. Praylude

4. Land Lord

5. The Key To Good Dental Health

6. We're All Friends

7. Enterlude

8. Near To Sleep

9. Pinning The Body To The Soul
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"Zu has always been a mercurial and ever changing entity, not afraid of cross-genre explorations and breaking down barriers between musical styles. Despite playing traditional instruments, major influences on Zu music have always been sonic explorers like Coil, Throbbing Gristle or early Neubauten.

The Left Hand Path is the side of Zu that has always been hidden and underlying in all their previous music. Its like digging out a box from the earth. TLHP is everything the band had wished to highlight in previous works: , ambient and droney landscapes, and acoustic explorations in obscurity. The album starts programmatically with the sound of a shovel digging the earth. Its a soundtrack for a descent in the underworld. Its moon musick.

All the members played electronics and Massimo focused mostly on guitars . The recordings were then sent to Eugene S Robison of Oxbow fame. Zu knew he was the right person to add vocals to it, and to transform the music again, in a sort of contemporary post- everything voodoo blues."-Trost

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