Zs are one of the most singular acts to clamber out of the NY underground.
Zs caught many people’s attention with 2010′s astonishing New Slaves, a forceful fusion of live instrumentation and electronics that sounded like the rumble of the impending Ragnarok. They have, however, been toiling away for the best part of a decade, churning out twelve-odd EPs and LPs. In that time, they’ve shared bills with some pretty lofty acts, including Animal Collective, Battles and Gang Gang Dance, and clocked up collaborations with the likes of Genesis P Orridge and Christian Wolf.
Over ten years, the line-up of the band – or, to use their term, “composer’s collective” – has morphed substantially, filtering through ten different iterations. Their music has proved similarly adaptable, tilting from perky post-rock to Zorn-indebted skronk to ear-busting noise.
A new compilation sets out to highlight the music produced by the band’s original sextet from 2002 through to 2007. Score: The Complete Sextet Works: 2002-7 arrives as a 4xCD box set entombed inside a special case, and comes accompanied by a 20 page book. Remixes, live versions and studio tracks will all appear in the set.
Score: The Complete Sextet Works is due on Northern Spy Records next month. The tracklisting is below, as is New Slaves highlight ‘Acres Of Skin’
Retrace A Walk
In My Dream
I Shot A Monk
Four Systems (Tzadik Edit)
Four Systems (Complete Version)
Retrace A Walk (Live)
In My Dream I Shot A Monk (Remix)
B Is For Burning
Nobody Wants To Be Had
I Can’t Concentrate
Except When You Don’t Because Sometimes You Won’t
Z Is For Zone
Except When You Don’t Because Sometimes You Won’t (Zebrablood Remix)
Bump (Zebrablood Remix)
I Can’t Concentrate (Prototype)
Woodworking Drums (version)
For Zs [excerpt] (Live at Paula Cooper Gallery)
Fall and Climb
Z Is For Zone (Remix)