Zorch Zzoorrcchh

Zorch Zzoorrcchh
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With their full-length debut, the progadelic duo of Shmu and Zac Traeger have announced their presence to the world with all the humble reserve of a rainbow cannon blast to the face. Fitting as snugly as a tailored condom on the roster of highly discerning label Sargent House, Zorch are part of a movement that embraces the positive pursuit of adventurous unions between technical skill and creativity. Even with peers as impressive as Adebisi Shank and Fang Island, their delectable melodies and occasionally electronically manipulated, at turns, anthemic and ethereal vocal harmonies, deceptively groovy barrages of percussive force, which are impeccably synched with the elliptical, wriggling peristalsis of gloriously throbbing synth bass, and cascading waves of shimmering omni-chord patterns set Zorch apart from the pack. Zzoorrcchh is one of the most joyous, mind-bursting pieces of music you'll hear this year. The sheer density of ideas might be a bit much for passive listeners, but for those eager to absorb an advancement of musical forms, this blend of the psychedelic, tribal, experimental pop of Animal Collective and the athletic, boundary-pushing, mathematical physicality of Hella is a deep reservoir of exuberant ideas sure to be cherished. (Sargent House)