Zabloudila

Zabloudila

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A co-release from Malarie Bar (Czech Republic) and Bar La Muerte (Italy), Zabloudila's eponymous CD comes in packaging mimicking Polish blank tapes and lacks any credits. Who is Zabloudila? How many musicians are featured here? Even the group's website doesn't say. This is noise-based free improvisation. The instrumentation includes two electric guitars, bass, electronics (mainly live sampling and backward tapes), plus two female singers. In pure alternative/lo-fi/underground noise fashion, the music sounds sloppy, poorly recorded, and anarchic. The guitars and bass produce a barrage of rhythmic crunches over which the two vocalists rant, often gracefully. One thinks of Sonic Youth's free-form jams or Kim Gordon's group (with Ikue Mori, DJ Olive, and Jim O'Rourke) and of Hungarian avant-rock band Kampec Dolores, mostly because of the singers' voices. The music, two slabs lasting 30 minutes each, lacks some focus, but it creates an interesting rumble if you are into that kind of thing. "Kdyz Zabloudís Tak Zavolej" is actually more of a suite or collage of various performances, including sections of backward tapes spliced in the middle of it all and a pop single spinning at 78 rpm to conclude it. These musicians have ideas and talent. If they could drop the primal screams and single-minded strumming, it would take them to a higher level.