This 1982 12"er finds the Zoviets when they were still the $oviets, finding their identity.the opening track, "Ritual", is a virtual sonic manifesto, laying out everything they were to become over the forthcoming records that followed. It has the dark ambient dubby sections, the tribal drum loops, the noise, and the desperate screams of the modern primitive. "Mudbast boys" is a dark muffled dub based on a random voice tape loop echoing into vast amounts of foggy space.
"Sem Boys" treads uncomfortably on the ethnological forgery footprints that Muslimgauze would exploit to death....even after death!?.
Weirdly, we then have the Zoviets using silly voices like a Residents out-take, for "Bring Hessa"....did I hear Laughter?????
"Mounw" starts as a nascent dark ambient piece,then segues into a post punk funk pastiche.
It ends in more familiar territory with "Ji Boys", a throbbing overloaded percussion workout.
There you go, i never do a running commentary of all the tracks!....I must be uninspired this evening.
Basically this is Proto-Zoviet,but it has its good if not great moments.One of the great moments being the Hessian bag it was released in. this is why its also know as the Hessian Album.If only the Beatles had thought of that?
A2 Mudbast Boys
B1 Sem Boys
B2 Bring Hessa
B4 Ji Boys