In 2017, it’s already been 5 years since the last Zombie Zombie album ‘Rituels d’un Nouveau Monde’, after which the group explored other territories by signing 2 film scores, namely ‘Loubia Hamra’ by Narimane Mari and ‘Irréprochable’ by Sébastien Marnier, as well as creating the music accompanying a contemporary circus show called ‘Slow Futur’ created by Martin Palisse and Elsa Guérin.
Wouldn’t these beautiful parentheses make you want to return to the sources? After 10 years at Versatile Records, 2017 also marks the decade anniversary of the release of their first album ‘A Land for Renegades’ in 2007, at the time considered to be one of the 10 best albums of the year according to Rough Trade.
‘Livity’ – Zombie Zombie’s latest opus seems to plunge us deep into science fiction, with a cover designed by the mythic cartoonist Philippe Druillet, who is also the founder of the cult Métal Hurlant comic series. The title of the album is somewhat misleading, as one could mistakenly think of a certain dub record made at the famous Island Records Compass Point studio in the Bahamas. For the uninitiated ‘Livity’ or ‘Life force’ is actually a Rastafarian spiritual concept based on the idea that an energy exists within, and flows through, all people and all living things. The record was recorded last winter in Paris, in a very short
time frame. 7 tracks played live in 7 days, by Etienne Jaumet (synthesizers / rhythm box / metallophone / sax), Cosmic Neman (drums / vocals / sound effects), and Dr. Schonberg (percussion / electronics / trumpet), recorded at the Red Bull Studios by Thibaut Javoy and Jerome Caron, 2 very competent engineers. To keep it in the family, the album was then mixed by another member of the Versatile stable, the mysterious and legendary DJ/producer I:Cube, done in the label’s Victor Studio.