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Surface To Air

2 May 2006 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 2 May 2006
  • Label: Relapse Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2006 Relapse Records, Inc.
  • Total Length: 44:18
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  • ASIN: B001LA9P6S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,239 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amplified Man on 31 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Zombi are a band I've heard a bit about, probably due to the fact that they're on Relapse. I dismissed them becasue the average Relapse bands I'm not too bothered with; just extreme for extreme's sake sometimes. But I heard that Isis took them on tour with them and that got my ears pricked up. It even said on the sticker on the front of the CD they were similar to Isis and Pelican. Not to skirt around the point; they're not like Pelican or Isis.

Zombi consist of Steve Moore on bass and synths and A.E. Paterra on drums. They' play some interesting stuff to be sure, like nothing I've heard before. They're a bizarre mix of Ozric Tentacles, OK then - maybe a bit of Isis, and old school computer game music. The drum patterns and the bass riffs belong to the progressive post rock style stuff but the synths are really cheesy and old fashioned like from an 80's film score or computer game. But instead of having a repellent affect they're strangely fitting and an interesting twist to say the least.

I'm really into this after several listens actually; the synths usually provide a simple loop and then washes of texture and string replications, the drums build and add the rhythm. The whole effect is very trance inducing and hypnotic; like Ozric Tentacles darker stuff.

Saying they're like Isis and Pelican is a cheap shot to sucker in people (It worked with me!) and to categorise, but Zombi deserve their own place and have certainly stamped their place in the instrumental post rock world with Surface To Air in my book. The packaging consists of some astonishing abstract aerial shots of Earth which fit really well with the vibe of the music.

It's definitely something for everyone I think, especially people into instrumental rock and music with interesting twists, but it's definitely too concrete and worthwhile a twist to be called a gimmick.

Hope Isis bring these guys over on their next UK tour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Simon D. Jones on 14 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I heard a portion of this album (almost certainly the last track) playing in a record shop. I was intrigued enough to stop browsing and listened to the music, cogitating in my mind whether I liked it or not. To me it sounded very like Tangerine Dream, but the part I heard was very dark, almost metal like but mixed up with something that sounded more at home at rave parties - a mish-mash of beats and loops that I personally utterly detest as being tuneless random noise.

However this was different - Tangerine Dream sticking in my mind I went back and took a chance and bought it.

It has the the feel of both worlds - Tangerine Dream and techno but neither influence is overpowering and is blended with skill.

Not quite chill-out music and not too trippy either.

For me, stuck in the mid 1970s, this was a rare modern purchase. I think it'll grow on me.
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By G. J. Dorrington on 14 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I have listened to and collected electronic and progressive music for nearly 30 years and Zombi have been a great find for me. I can think of a lot of their peers who would kill to produce a platter of this quality.

At times, if were being picky, I might ask for a more intricate lead line, but there is always plenty going on on this album. The use of real bass and real drums adds great urgency and zest to the pieces and often, the rhythm "section" (as it were, there are only two people in Zombi) drives the music.

There is superb use of dynamics, with the duo frequently building the suspense for the listener, and always plenty to interest the listener without things getting muddled. The bass is sinuous and punchy and the drumming propels things along with an urgency that machine generated drums can't even get close to.

You'll find excellent production and playing, and clever, varied but fluid tracks. If you're like me, you may also get that rare feeling that as each new tracks unfolds, you just know it's going to be another good one.

What more could you ask?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Smith on 26 Feb. 2014
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
If you like Rush, Pink Floyd, Genesis or all of the above, then you'll love this. Entirely instrumental album made possible by two very talented gents who play so precisely and tightly it makes me want to punch a wall. The vinyl adds far more depth to the music than the digital copies have to offer accentuating the bass and making the drums as crisp as Walkers. 5 out of 5!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great band! Amazing! 17 July 2006
By Mikael L. Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Lynn Belvedere was somewhat negative in her review; often comparing this band to Yes and Genesis. Those two bands are not what Zombi are going for! Sit down and watch "Escape From New York" or "Dawn Of The Dead (1978)" and you'll see exactly what this band is going for. You will also find that this band not only captures it perfectly, but also adds their own little touch to it.

I remember years back when I bought the "Zombi" LP by Goblin, I thought I'd never find another album (let alone BAND) that sounded anything like that. Thankfully Zombi has come along.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This record rules so hard... 4 May 2006
By D. J. Galante Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Really, imagine if you will...Rush circa 1980 gives Alex Lifeson a break, recruits John Carpenter and decides to form a Tangerine Dream tribute band on the side...behold the majesty of Zombi! Using vintage keyboards, these two dudes conjure up epics that will feed those whom are starving for some heavy duty Korg action! Accompanied by some tastefully busy drumming (just admit it-the dude from Mastodon goes a bit too far at times), these two dudes bring the nerd jams. If you own "1984", "Moving Pictures", and think the theme to "Assault on Precinct 13" is rad, buy this immediately. Synth heaven!!!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Bit Derivative, But Fun 27 Nov. 2006
By Brandon Stanley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've seen this complaint/compliment throw around regarding this band: they sound too much like (insert band name here) from the 70's, or such-and-such horror soundtrack, etc. Certainly, this group Zombi is nothing astoundingly original, but their sound is a loving and exacting tribute, if nothing else, to the most creative and inspired music of the 70's and even 80's.

The band consists of two musicians (I won't go into names or minute details), who between the two of them play synthesizers, bass guitar and drums. As far as comparisons goes, this music is most similar to many current groups which were most prolific and interesting in their heyday: Tangerine Dream, Rush, Genesis, and others. One of the groups biggest influences, however, is the Italian group Goblin, who most famously created soundtracks for directors Dario Argento and George Romero (Zombi is the Italian name for the classic movie/soundtrack Dawn of the Dead).

I hate to critique music these days, but I want to end with this: it's nothing that will shake the foundations of the world, but Zombi's music is exciting, adventurous, and fun. The drums are amongst the best I've heard in my rather brief but music-absorbed life, and the synthesizers are pure vintage 70's Moog and likewise. Tracks 2 & 3 are my favorites - they have simple, synth & sequencer driven riffs with tons of layering and interplay from the drums and bass. The rhythms are rather static, but they build up to incredible heights. It's hard to describe, as you can see, but the results are fantastic. Check it out!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Better than "Cosmos" 15 Dec. 2006
By Z. Strankman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It took me awhile to really appreciate these guys repetitive nature, combining the synth and heavy bass and drums. When I first heard Zombi at a show they completly transfixed me with what they were doing. Here was Yes without the ridiculous wanking and Rush without Geddy's voice and Lifeson's overplaying. The music from that night is on "Surface to Air", not "Cosmos". That is why this album is important to me. I have "Cosmos" also, but to me, this album has more texture. It is a more interesting ride than "Cosmos". This is a good album. But it is not for everyone. For me, its great.
Like synth? Don't own it? Buy it. 23 Jan. 2015
By Dr. Wigglesworth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl
I'm surprised this doesn't get 5 stars everytime.
True, not quite as epic as Cosmos, but equally as awesome in its own right.
Don't try comparing it to previous eras of music because they're not that. They've put their own spin on things. Listen to it with new ears, let the greats be great and let the present rock.
This album changed my perception on how rockin synth could be without sounding cheesy, as I feel most synth artists unfortunately do. It may not be earth shattering for everyone, but I would put this album and Cosmos in my desert island mix. Done and done.
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