Track Review: Zun Zun Egui – ‘Praise The Waterfall (Part 2)’

Posted: May 28, 2011 in Track Review

I’ve been meaning to post a lot more on Zun Zun Egui than I actually have, they’re a band I’ve been keeping close tabs on ever since I saw their enthralling live performance at Fell Foot Sound in 2009. They’re a quartet that hail from Bristol, but feature a cosmopolitan mix of nationalities (Mauritius and Japan for starters) in their ranks. It’s an aspect that gives them an edge as musical worlds collide in a kaleidoscopic odyssey of sounds.

‘Praise The Waterfall’ is taken from the ‘Kass To La Senn’ 12″ vinyl EP and moves into more Komische/Krautrock territories than what I’m used to by these guys. But it’s very much cut from the same multi-coloured- sonic maelstrom- psychedelic- cloth of previous EP ‘Bal La Poussiere‘. Its 7 minutes are hypnotic and exciting, bombing forward instantly and bouncing between Zappa-esque freakouts, tropical/calypso riffs, swirling Hawkind-like sounds and carnival chants. Its bright, buoyant atmosphere is such that you can almost see the rainbow rays coming from your speaker system, before it all ends via gospel singing and furious frenzy of  discordant art-rock guitar.

One of the most original, daring and diverse acts in the United Kingdom today, Zun Zun are a band capable of creating magic at the drop of a hat.  They’re a revelation live too, so be sure to keep a look out for them.


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