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ZAÄAR - Magická Džungl’a review




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Band: ZAÄAR
Album: Magická Džungl’a
Release date: November 2021


01. Respiration Aérobie
02. Multicellularité Des Cyanobactéries
03. Eucaryotes Et Reproduction Sexuée
04. Sortie De l'Eau Et Seconde Oxygénation
05. Explosion Cambrienne
06. Grande Oxydation


Ok, maybe Neptunian Maximalism isn't really metal, but you could easily make that case for ZAÄAR.

In case I didn't get my point across properly, I mean that it's not metal. ZAÄAR is not metal, and Neptunian Maximalism is kinda in between. Why do I bring these two up? Because they share three members, meaning that there's more of ZAÄAR that is in Neptunian Maximalism than ZAÄAR that isn't. I couldn't find much about bassist Hugues Philippe Desrosiers and keyboardist Didié Nietzch's other endeavors, but even the other three can be found working or having worked in K-Branding, Eostre, Collectif Inaudible, and most importantly for our website, Sol Kia. ZAÄAR however would probably be of limited interest without the connection to Neptunian Maximalism.

That doesn't mean that ZAÄAR isn't good or it's not interesting, just that without the massive volumes of powerful drones akin to the ones on Éons, Magická Džungl’a's appeal is more niche and limited. It is tagged as a free jazz album, but even that genre is pretty varied and could lead to some false expectations. Yes, there's a lot of free improvisation and it is done in a jazz context, but a lot of Magická Džungl’a feels more like psychedelic ritual ambient drone, often times quite the opposite in terms of scope and volume to the drones on Éons. Whereas Éons was a gargantuan experience that has you expand with the universe, Magická Džungl’a brings you within.

It's a bit of to call a psychedelic drone jazz record as "personal", but in a way I guess it feels like less of a shared experience, but more of an introspective one, and as the band points out on the Bandcamp page, it aims to "awakes and stimulates ancient and forgotten senses, laying dormant since when humanity has been projected into the greyness of an industrialized reality, bringing the listener back to a time when everything was new and exciting and dangerous." So even if it has a lot in common sound-wise and scope-wise to Éons, with Magická Džungl’a also being a jazz behemoth with a huge runtime of 90 minutes, there's a reason why this had to be a different band.

It's less immediate, somewhat less eventful, with changes happening more gradually and the soundscape emphasizing immersion rather than being constantly engaging. In a way, it's an album that makes it very easy to zone out. And for an album with such a long runtime, perhaps zoning out is actually recommended. The sax and synths and percussion do keep things interesting, but the pace of changes don't make the attentive listen as rewarding as letting in into other parts of your mind. The minimalist approach is something that takes some getting used to without having previously been accustomed to it.

And as someone who has listened to far too few ritual / tribal ambient records, even among the many ambient albums I listened to, it's amazing to see just how an album can feel so simultaneously restrained and savage.






Written on 08.11.2021 by Doesn't matter that much to me if you agree with me, as long as you checked the album out.


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08.11.2021 - 15:53
Fallen Ghost
Craft Beer Geek
And this is on a site called METALstorm because?
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08.11.2021 - 15:56
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by Fallen Ghost on 08.11.2021 at 15:53

And this is on a site called METALstorm because?

We flex from time to time
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08.11.2021 - 17:18
PēterisP

Written by Fallen Ghost on 08.11.2021 at 15:53

And this is on a site called METALstorm because?


what's next ? Britney Spears and Justin Bieber collaboration project ?
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08.11.2021 - 17:33
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by PēterisP on 08.11.2021 at 17:18

what's next ? Britney Spears and Justin Bieber collaboration project ?

yes
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08.11.2021 - 18:50
TheBigRossowski
Dudeist Priest
Didn't you start this review the exact same way for Sol Kia...? XD
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That rug really tied the room together, did it not?
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08.11.2021 - 18:54
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by TheBigRossowski on 08.11.2021 at 18:50

Didn't you start this review the exact same way for Sol Kia...? XD

BINGO!
You noticed!
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One day there will be no heart at all?


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08.11.2021 - 20:17
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Tage Westerlund
This is free jazz people, we need more free jazz. Let the flowers grow... Its free jazz baby. Anyway to critics, even i dont like this band, some time I listen jazz. This review has good artistic value. Radu is good writer, compare his and ms 2004 reviews....
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Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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09.11.2021 - 17:39
tintinb

That album cover is trippy.
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Leeches everywhere.
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10.11.2021 - 08:34
matt4815162342

Interesting to see album name in Slovak when the band is Belgian and none of the members' names sound as if they were originally from Slovakia or had recent ancestors there.
For those wondering - it translates to "Magical Jungle". As if that wasn't clear enough from the album cover ;-)
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11.11.2021 - 00:14
(o> . <o> )

Written by matt4815162342 on 10.11.2021 at 08:34

Interesting to see album name in Slovak when the band is Belgian


Yeah, when I first saw the album title I thought to myself "Oh, a Slovak band got a review? Neat!" but then I saw the band is supposedly from Belgium and all I could think was "wut?"

(btw I don't hate it, I'm just pleasantly confused)

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So the artwork is a piece from 1954 by Slovak artist Peter Kľúčik (I'm familiar with some of his work), maybe this could be the sole inspiration for the name? Or perhaps there is some ancestry, or friends involved. Either way, I'm curious to find out.
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