DECAYCAST Reviews: ZSA ZSA GABOR “Left Skull Bank” Cassette (Stay Strange, 2017)
“ZSA ZSA GABOR is dead” but the sounds, voice, and pulses in a ritual are anything and everything but that. ZSA ZSA GABOR is one of the artists and founders of the Stay Strange SD Crew who boast a new label imprint, show collective and all creative force led by San Diego stalwart Sam Lopez aided in sound and words from Ariel Irbe, Esteban Flores and Micheal Zimmerman, allwith their own projects to boot under the collective umbrella. Irbe performs and records under the S O L V moniker, while Flores work as Monochromacy represents powerful, thick, radicalized guitar forward drone/noise works.
“Left Skull Bank I” opens up the cassette after a brief intro with a dark, smudged, thick drone which slowly encapsulates the listener and then drops them in a voice cell of terror, confusion, disorientation, The time to talk isn’t now or maybe again for an hour or even a year. Seal your lips shut for it’s time for the hymn of ZSA ZSA GABOR. This release is relentlessly and refreshingly diverse in its sonic character and nuance of sound and style; oscillation between spoken texts , drone, ambient, field recordings, distant screams that ring like a hammer smashing an ancient bell, and string based swells ZZG has something for everyone , but at the sane time NOTHING FOR YOU. They owe you nothing and owe everything to the void. Full tilt sonic mayhem engulfs your last thought and hope as your skull is cast aside like an extra, misshaped, unneeded brick into the ever-growing pile of death.
“Left Skull Bank 2” picks up close to where part 1 left off, with a thick, buzzing, shaking vibrato of stringed chaos while a monotone, anxious, realistic voice reads and breathes upon every swelling stringed drone of death, and after a “brief demonic interlude” the listener is cast once again into the chaotic experiments of death with Part three, twisting and tangling the false hope that we once had with harsh stabs, angry, dissonant, atonal swells through a purgatory nobody wants to even pass by for a minute. This cassette runs the full scope of experimental sounds but in a a unique and refreshing way, no rehashing, no redux, this is simply top notch experimental music, get about it, be about it. .ZSA ZSA GABOR is a thick, swollen, controlled anger, which is more or less the sound of a decaying future; you’re dead long after you found out when you’re going to die, and if you’re worthy this might make an appearance at the funeral to help shovel your lifeless corpse to rest eternally and be consumed by the wormed earth. Follow ZSA ZSA GABOR HERE and HERE.