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- Cosmos by Zombi
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"A title never before released on LP" boasts the press release; not strictly true, although in fairness this is its first vinyl release on Relapse and so the first pressing to be readily available on this side of the pond. As far as I can tell Relapse are reissuing a whole load of Zombi LPs - I have two in my review pile this week and there's still 'Spirit Animal' to follow, so my hope is that they're working their way towards a vinyl repress of 'Escape Velocity' that's available in the UK. That'd be nice, wouldn't it. Either way it's great to see these titles back on vinyl from the band who arguably kickstarted the current horror soundtrack boom.
Anyway, 'Cosmos' sees us journey back to the duo's nascent years back in 1994, but the general formula is already fully formed. Live drums and bass weave their way over swathes of atmospheric synth action in a Goblin-meets-John Carpenter rush of cosmic horror-funk, pulsating synth panic and doom-laden deep space drones. Side-long closer Taurus is a classic bit of Carpenter-worship; a slow bass drum pulse, harsh synth stabs, ominous drones, subtle modular loops and squelchy digital chatter all blend together for an increasingly tense 13 minutes that makes you feel like you're being hunted in space.
It's beautifully recorded, and the 45rpm pressing really does the sounds justice. Ten years later, Zombi's early work still sounds just as slickly chilling as any pretenders who've followed in their wake.
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