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Saturday 30 March 2024
Solstice + Ebony Buckle concert, Poppodium Boerderij, Zoetermeer
Door de Brexit komen titels die uit de UK afkomstig zijn nog altijd
met vertraging binnen. Soms valt het mee en duurt het slechts 2-3
weken, maar het komt helaas ook voor dat we 4 weken of meer moeten
wachten. We doen ons best om alles zo goed en snel mogelijk te
regelen, maar het blijft lastig...
|ZOPP RETURNS! British progressive rock act, ZOPP,
return with their sophomore album ‘DOMINION’, the
follow-up to their award-winning self titled
album, released in 2020.
‘Dominion’ showcases a clear progression in the
sound of Zopp resulting in an epic 42 minute
journey spanning avant-garde, jazz, ambient, folk,
psychedelic rock and endless heaps of PROG.
Ryan W Stevenson, the man behind Zopp (composer,
mixer, producer, performer… heck, basically
everything but the drums which have once again
been masterfully performed by Leviathan’s Andrea
Moneta) recorded the album at his home studio
located in the suburbs of Nottingham, UK, over the
past 3 years.
To those who have been following Zopp from its
inception, there’s one major difference you will
notice this time round - there are vocals! Moving
on from the instrumental Canterbury Scene infused
neo-prog of the first album, Zopp now evolves into
a form more reminiscent of Marillion or Yes and
yet creates a new, unique and instantly
identifiable sound that sets them apart from the
rest of the progressive music scene.
Purists, do not worry! Zopp’s fuzzed organ and
technical playing style remains present, yet
matured. ‘I think it’s more bombastic than the
first album.’ States Ryan, ‘Writing a 14 minute
progressive piece like ‘Toxicity’ where the song
continuously flows was a challenge, but a
successful experiment nevertheless. It’s important
for me to throw all sorts of elements into the
mix, from varied sources of music that are
inspiring to me. I’ve really been into bands like
King Gizzard and Tame Impala the last few years;
not only their psychedelic sound, but also their
DIY, independent approach to making music.’
Standard digipak CD comes with an eight-page
booklet with handwritten lyrics, in a slick
gatefold matte sleeve.