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Berlin post-modern noise rock trio Zahn unveil new single and lyric video »Zehn« feat. Nina Walser (Friends Of Gas)

Berlin, Germany based post-modern noise rock trio Zahn has unveiled new single and lyric video »Zehn« featuring Nina Walser (Friends Of Gas).

»Zehn« is taken from the band’s upcoming album, »Adria«, set to release on November 24th, 2023 via Crazysane Records.

01. Zebra
02. Zehn
03. Schmuck
04. Apricot
05. Faser
06. Tabak
07. Yuccatan 3E
08. Amaranth
09. Velour
10. Kotomoto
11. Idylle

Courtesy of Crazysane Records:

Unveiling ZAHN’s new single »Zehn« and silent movie-inspired video feat. Nina Walser (Friends Of Gas) from the upcoming double album »Adria«, out November 24!

The band comments: “The video to our new song »Zehn« is a poem for instrumental music enthusiasts. A silent movie. A song for the deaf. Nina Walser (Friends Of Gas) is singing you a ditty but you won’t be able to hear it. Just read along and listen and it all will make perfect sense.”

Stream »Zehn« on Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, etc. here!

“ZAHN’s »Adria« is the experimental rock record I’ve been waiting for, with spacious guitars, classic synths, distorted bass and heavy grooves like Hallo Gallo meets Jesus Lizard. This is futuristic music for movement, not vocals. I’ve been running to it the past couple weeks and I think I’m getting smarter.” — Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Rival Schools, Gorilla Biscuits)

“ZAHN’s new record »Adria« is crushing and weird in all the best ways. Melody hides in the cracks between staccato drum hits placed as with precision German machinery; synthesizers throb under hefty, wooly baselines and buzzsaw guitars tie the whole beautiful monster together. »Adria« sounds fantastic!” — Nick DiSalvo (Elder, Delving, Weite)

Photo by Lupus Lindemann

Found on stickers on the backs of millions of camper vans crossing Europe each summer, the word »Adria« has become synonymous with the magic of going on holiday for many generations of continental plebeians. It represents a mythical destination with the promise of leisure, but also an arduous road journey and a healthy dose of exhaust fumes. Like watching the sun set over a shabby highway restaurant or eating a melting popsicle next to a dirty campsite pool, »Adria« offers the perfect balance of blandness and heaviness.

Consisting of Chris Breuer (Heads., ex–The Ocean Collective), Nic Stockmann (Heads.) and Felix Gebhard (Muff Potter, Einstürzende Neubauten (live)), ZAHN stands in the progressive tradition of musicians from a local scene working together on albums and exploring new grounds regardless of the respective bands they became known for. With a debut album that was recorded in only two days, this trio revealed an insatiable thirst for creation and boundless ambition in rhythm and texture.

With »Adria« ZAHN have chosen the scenic route to create a collection of vivid sonic vistas, juxtaposing their noise rock roots with healthy doses of a variety of genres. »Zebra« opens the album like an otherworldly elevator overture faintly echoing the chirping sound of crickets in the warm evening wind, »Faser« stretches out like a highway marrying noisy krautrock textures with remote mathrock elements. Meanwhile, album–closer »Idylle« could easily fit on a soundtrack album to a lost David Lynch motion picture.

Once more, ZAHN have curated a group of talented musicians to augment their own multi–instrumental exercises. »Amaranth« with its rolling rhythm features some excellent doom rock stylings courtesy of guitarist Markus E. Lipka (Eisenvater), while the jazzy mid–section of »Tabak« is softly propelled by the subtle accordion flourishes of Joanna Gemma Auguri. »Schmuck« features an artful buildup in 5/4 embellished by the tasteful guitar playing of Jobst M. Feit (Radare) while the aforementioned »Idylle« features his bandmate Fabian Bremer (Radare, Aua) on synthesizer.

Returning to the task of making these musicians sound good is Peter Voigtmann (The Ocean Collective, SHRVL) who recorded the album at his Die Mühle studio in Northern Germany. The huge storage space of the old mill provided an ideal recording site for ZAHN’s big drums and huge bass sound while leaving ample room for the intricate atmospheres created by the other instruments. Voigtmann also provided his magic on the uncanny end section of »Yuccatan 3E« and on »Idylle«, perfectly capturing the unheimlich in shades of slow shimmering sequencers and synthesized textures.

»Adria« was mixed and mastered by Magnus Lindberg (Russian Circles, Cult Of Luna) at his Stockholm studio. The cover artwork, based around photographs by Lupus Lindemann (Kadavar), was designed by Fabian Bremer (Radare, Aua).

»Adria« is a testament to the incredible power of this trio and its ability to effortlessly ensnare your attention for the duration of a ten minute–song of purely instrumental music. Over the course of the albums 11 tracks ZAHN emerge as a form of Pink Floyd of noise rock, relentlessly pushing the envelope on what’s already accomplished while remaining tasteful and tasty at every corner.

Pre-order »Adria« here:

Chris Breuer – Bass, Synthesizer, Drum Machine, Lap Steel Guitar
Felix Gebhard – Guitars, Synthesizer, Bass VI, Electric Piano
Nic Stockmann – Drums, Electronic Drums

FFO: Metz, The Jesus Lizard, Heads., Friends Of Gas

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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