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Zea - The Swimming City
Zea
The Swimming City
LP | 2014 | EU | Original (Makkum)
8,39 €* 11,99 € -30%
Release:2014 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Since 2008 Zea is the solo project of Arnold de Boer (who is also singer and guitarist in Dutch band The Ex, since 2009). Before 2008 Zea was a duo and earlier a five piece band, but the songs were always written, arranged, recorded and produced by De Boer. 'The Swimming City' is Zea's fifth album, and the first one featuring guest artists. Immediately in the first song 'Sub Specie Ludens' Mats Gustafsson appears on baritone sax and 'People Shrink, People Grow' features Oscar Jan Hoogland on piano, who returns in 'All Words Have Been Here First', the song that also features the characteristic and recognisable clarinet playing of Xavier Charles who De Boer made a 7" single with in 2012 called 'Bourgeois Blues' (Makkum Records, MR 5). Zea has toured all over the world and played in thirty five different countries including Ethiopia and Ghana. In Ghana Zea set up a studio with local musicians where two of the songs on 'The Swimming City' were recorded: 'Dark Minded Me' and 'Ik Kin Der Net By'. This last song is sung in Frysian, De Boer's first language, who grew up in a small town called Makkum, in Fryslan in the northern part of The Netherlands. On this album Zea's songs sound more open and versatile. Zea music is direct music; fat-free and no words wasted. Some songs are about consciousness and some songs are about simple things; Zea can take a subject out of the world of encyclopedia and move it into the musical mind. They are the frescos of he twenty first century, unfolding before your ears. His tracks are elastic, urgent, always playful, joyfully obstinate and with double bottoms and open ends.
Zea - The Beginner
Zea
The Beginner
LP | 2011 | EU | Original (Makkum)
4,79 €* 11,99 € -60%
Release:2011 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Four years after 'Insert Parallel Universe' Zea returns to earth with a the album 'The Beginner'. On the way Arnold de Boer left Remko Muermans in Russia, and since 2008 Zea is Arnold's solo project. Last year he sent two short messages, in the form of 7" vinyl singles, and before that Zea released a cassette tape for the Ethiopian market where Zea toured in 2008 and 2009. Now, finally we get a full new collection of Zea's wildly varying songs. Songs that hold no stock in normality or convention and while the ingredients can come from all different corners of the world, and from all sorts of styles, the listener will always hear this unique form of a song that is as joyfully as it is obstinate and as energetic as it is catchy. 'Song For Electricity' is based on the Ethiopian song 'Bogiye' (Abonesh Adenew) and the song 'Bourgeois Blues' is based on the original Leadbelly song, the lyrics are from a version by The Fall, called 'Bourgeois Town'. 'The Beginning' is spoken by an old neighbor of Ken Carbonu, the Ghanian musician Zea recorded and played with in Accra, Ghana in 2008. The title 'Staande Ben Ik Vergeten Wat Ik Dacht Toen Ik Lag' is inspired by a poem of Flemish poet Eddy van Vliet, called 'Staande'.
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