ZOFFF are a demented improvised psychedelia band with plenty of flare. They are a Brighton-based band featuring the mad talents of multi-band busybodies like Damo Waters (Electric Soft Parade), Al Strachan (everything experimental in Brighton) and the mighty Bic Hayes (Levitation/Cardiacs). ZOFFF 1 was first released in 2014: now it gets a (white) vinyl reissue. On Deep Distance.
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 24 January 2017
Me: When you think about it, how can a distance be deep?
Ian: The sea?
This office anecdote is the only way I can foreseeably open a review for a krautrock record in 2017, what with the genre’s almost invasive popularity amongst anyone who likes psych rock, electronic music or tapping their feet. It exists so much that it’s hard to find that one record a month you actually consider special, but this Zofff one gives it a good go: out on Deep Distance, as I think I’ve outlined up there, they break the krautrock ice by being super punchy and rebelliously visceral: this long, rhythmic jam doesn’t float by, instead using an invigorating drumbeat to set the genre schematics ablaze.
Zofff’s proggy inclinations make this record fun for its knick knacks, its momentary synth melodies or twanging guitar whinges. At one point, they trundle gorgeously down scales on what’s ever a flute or its soundalike preset, creating a gorgeous figure for the listener to hook on to. It’s this kinda shit that makes their jams worth listening to -- they have melodies and they implement them effectively, offering you platforms to jump to and fro as their tune floats along.
Mostly though, it’s the drums you’ll remember. They’re fantastic. It feels fitting this week that we’d be listening to some very good krautrock drumming, and for this quite lovely record, they offer a high-energy backbone.
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