Album Review

Z’ev – “a Handful of Elements” – [Cold Spring Records UK]

billiejoe   4/8/2014   A Library, CD

2013 release of the droney industrial genre. Five track CD, each twelve minutes long. Mellow drone with some thuds and high frequencies and industrial sounds. This is Stefan Joel Weisser from Los Angeles and internationally traveled. Took me a second listen to notice its complexities and see that it is far more rich than it initially lets on. Terra is buzzy, Aqua is warbley jungle sounds (including animals), and Aer is well, airy, buzzy, sharp, and vibrating. Humorous voice sounds are also deep in the back. Ignis is crackling and thunderous. Spirtus is the droniest one, and Z’EV keeps it interesting by advancing and receding the sound back and forth. All tracks blend together really well.


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