Zum Audio Vol 4

Zum Audio Vol 4

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32 track digital-only compilation assembled Fall 2021

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Zum Audio Vol 4 surveys a cross-section of this decade’s art rock, punk, damaged electronics, and improvised music. Unconstrained by the limitation of previous CD incarnations, the thirty-plus tracks here span musicians from the US, Canada, Japan, the UK, Italy, and Australia. Curated by George Chen (KIT, Common Eider, King Eider, Chen Santa Maria), a writer and musician-turned-comedian, these international connections grew out of years touring the US and Europe as well as promoting all-ages events in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The wishlist for this compilation was like putting together a virtual festival, which was conveniently the only type of festivity during COVID-19. Between established legacy acts on the Zum label (Body Double, The Acharis, My Heart, an Inverted Flame, Core of the Coalman, Somnambulists, Neil Campbell), veteran associates playing in new configurations (Spaceburn, The Skin Horse, Carrom, Gabriel Saloman), and newfound discoveries (Barbican Estate, It Sound, Bavaria), one senses the continuity of expansive tastes that has defined the long-running series.

Cover artwork by Wouter Vanhaelemeesch of Ghent, Belgium. 

  1. Alien Owl Cafe - Magick Matcha Moment
  2. My Heart, an Inverted Flame - Five Felt Sevenly, Pallid and Sallow
  3. Looose - It Was All Nearly Mine!
  4. Kris & Tavi - Carrington Event
  5. Earth Jerks - July 17th, 1959
  6. The Urxed - Re-Regional
  7. Prissy Whip - Not Impressed
  8. The Acharis - Nothing’s Sacred
  9. Body Double - Prisonous Mind
  10. Watkins/Peacock - Stone Cold Stole Dub One
  11. It Sound - Inbetween the Seas (Lectric Sand Dub Mix)
  12. Michael Beach, Bonnie Mercer, Carla Oliver, Peter Warden - Kyneton #1
  13. Barbican Estate - Abandon
  14. Maskara - Dear Inertia… (#3)
  15. Xiu Xiu - A Bottle of Rum (Live Radio)
  16. Core of the Coalman - Incarnate Words
  17. Somnambulists - Discordances
  18. Spaceburn - New Growth
  19. Pod Blotz - Remote Viewing Case #80787
  20. Cube - Carpet ESP
  21. Zach Hill - Startled Ea
  22. Necking - Abyssal Joy
  23. Chris Brian Taylor - Super Reverse Commuter
  24. Jasmine Dreame Wagner - Three Themes from Drifts (Red Zone, Blue Ice, White Snow)
  25. Father Murphy - His Face Showed No Distortions (Live at WFMU)
  26. Neil Campbell - Rickety Bridge in the Rain
  27. Bavaria - Nouveau Couteaux
  28. Carrom - Number 4 (A.T.S.T.S.)
  29. Kern Haug - to Mass
  30. The Skin Horse - High Desert
  31. Gabriel Saloman - Spatial Poetics
  32. John Benson - Blood and Milk