Posts Tagged ‘Zun Zun Egui’

A new track from the wonderful Zun Zun Egui released by Bella Union (home of Fleet Foxes, Midlake, Beach House etc) who will also release their debut album ‘Katang’ on October 3rd — which is (great) news to me!.   Anyway, ‘Fandango Fresh’ is a joyous, stomping affair with all the hallmarks we’ve come to love about this cosmopolitan quartet.  I’ve no idea what they’re singing about, something about a ‘sexy worm’ if I’m not mistaken, but it’s all part of their charm.  It’s out in August on 12″ vinyl.  Official press release below

Here comes the wildfire sound of Zun Zun Egui, toting their debut album ‘Katang’, released 3rd October on Bella Union records, and with explosive first single ‘Fandango Fresh’ which will be released on 12” vinyl in August.

Formed in the libertine and verdant undergrowth of Bristol’s cultural side streets (members Kushal Gaya and Yoshino Shigihara first met at an improv session at notorious DIY cinema The Cube Microplex), Zun Zun Egui started out playing up and down the UK to subterranean rock and party crowds ready to be let loose by music. They self-released a limited edition CD-R and then, on the back of a snowballing word-of-mouth live reputation, began receiving invites to play shows all over the world from festivals, squat cafes, hotel lobbies, vast art centres and other unlikely spaces. Meanwhile they released two white-hot slabs of 12” vinyl on Blank Tapes, both recorded at their Bristol studio lair. Always with a desire to connect, ZZE cooked up their own colourful club night called “How Come…” in Bristol and had tour mates like The Ex and Sun Araw pull up and play as well as the disparate likes of Micachu And The Shapes, Action Beat and AJ Holmes. Now Zun Zun Egui have dreamt up their debut album proper, recorded in the Welsh wilds and produced by bassist Luke Mosse, and it’s one to savour.

Everything about “Katang”, from its 50 minutes of freeform rock music to the wonderful visual feel conjured up by keyboard player/singer Yoshino Shigihara, emits a kinetic and contagious energy. The ZZE dynamics are all bottled up and twisted beautifully with lead single ‘Fandango Fresh’. You can listen to this jam below…


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.

This record has taken an age to be released, with pressing problems for starters and now  I face a further a delay at Norman Records, where I ordered it.  I will review this record once I get my hands on it, but while we’re waiting, lets check out some positive press from other sources.  Zun Zun Egui, for the uninitiated, are a multi-national, kaleidoscopic outfit, a bona fide carnival of colour and psychedelia.  A band I first came across at the Fell Foot Sound festival back in 2009, that blew me away with their technical brilliance and joyous mix of different styles.  The sort of band The Leaf Label would be interested in, one cannot help but draw parallels with a band like Volcano!.  Throw in some Far East mysticism, some Bollywood-esque chanting and the finest grooves this side of Zappa and we’re getting close to the Zun Zun experience!

While Norman Records are taking ages with my order, at least they have found time to review it:

Zun Zun Egui return with the long overdue follow up to last years excellent ‘Bal La Poussiere’ EP and again, it’s a total winner. Here we are treated to two wildy confident compositions that match the cosmic with the sub-tropical to create vast and epically groovy tunage. A side ‘Speedball’ seems to touch on a little of everything from Krautrock, cosmic psych, new wave and afro-beat whilst maintaining a solid consistency throughout. It bobs and weaves, it drops and sways and returns again and again for more. It’s powerful stuff that sees boredoms-esque synth soundscapes battle it out against a backdrop of lively grooves and motivational vocal outbursts. It’s like a hundred different tunes in one! Flip it and you get ‘Praise The Waterfall’, a trip in two parts and the highlight of the set last time I saw them in Leeds. Pt 1 ‘Spirit Rising’ is an exercise in astral-beat (that cosmic afro-beat to you and me) madness that sees Kushal Gaya getting crazy on the mic and the band play like their very existence depends on it. It slowly evolves into ‘Spirit Dancing’ finally succumbing to an eastern influenced cosmic super jam that sees the band going all out once again, concluding what has essentially being an epic journey of an EP. Can’t recommend these guys highly enough. Super confident, excellently played liquid afro-funk at it’s finest.