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Illusion of Safety & Z'ev - s/t
LP (Chicago)

Side A:
A Strategy of Transformation

Side B:
Smaller Revolutions


All sounds by Daniel Burke & Z'ev

Mastered By Zach Adams
Art By Bradley Kokay
Layout By Arvo Zylo
Graphics Assistant: Don Haugen

Vinyl Edition Co-released By: No Part Of It, Feast Of Hate And Fear, Cipher Productions,
Oxidation, Korm Plastics, Drone Records, Personal Archives, Public Eyesore, Tribe Tapes, Liquid Death Records

(Vital Weekly) So... What do we have here? An LP with on both sides a collaborative work from the sadly departed Z'EV - yes, it's been five years already - and the always inspiring Illusion of Safety, who has more or less stopped actively producing as IoS in 2014 but re-activated again. Sometimes Daniel Burke goes by the name of Soundoferror. These pieces were not released before, and it's great to finally hear them (but better yet, add them to your collection). Both sides are just tipping the twenty-minute mark, which is good. Would it be more, there wouldn't be enough space to give room to all the sounds. The tracks were created in between 2008 and 2012, with the initial sounds coming from Z'ev. So we're talking about parts of arecording of the Z'EV/IoS show in Chicago 2007. Daniel Burke worked from those and added modular layers, field recordings and very probably - listening to the sounds - treatments of some sounds by of Z'EV, after which the music was returned to Z'ev for final treatment. While best known as a percussion player, Z'EV also worked with computer manipulation of sound. The first side is titled "A Strategy of Transformation" and is, without doubt, the loudest of the two, even though "loud" is not precisely describing the atmosphere. The sound is at moments erratic, probably because of the rhythmic approach of the tools and setup from Z'EV, yet IoS manages to mould the sounds into a more coherent soundscape with his additions. The percussive basics, however, never really leave the composition. And why I emphasized the percussive 'ethics' of side A becomes clear on the reverse side. "Smaller Revolutions" is more ambient in its approach. Think bows or other (non-percussive) treatments of the metal sources. And here, the additional layers by IoS generate a beautiful soundscape in its full form. Excellent dynamics are obtained by keeping open spaces in the frequency spectrum and the volume. This might be my favourite of the two sides because of those dynamics. This vinyl was co-released by various people/labels to ensure it would happen. Thankfully, it did, even when the production took two years to complete, and I want to thank everybody involved for making this happen. - Bauke van der Wal

(Lost in a Sea of Sound) Words are sometimes a feeble method for describing sonic enigmas. When sounds are catalyzed deep within the conscious and then brought to pristine audible clarity, we think of Beethoven, Mahler, Stravinsky for example. In current times we are fortunate to have artists shed what is considered music and follow paths filled with rumbling disturbances unheard in the pleasantries of safe abodes. These sounds are not constructed as gleaming polished surfaces on already successful formats, these sounds are the hard work of chopping paths through unexplored jungle. They are the pounding resonance of iron being molded into great tools for hopeful conquest. The incredible beauty within is unfortunately locked away from many listeners, a discordancy of aural heaviness dragged across the listeners conscious. Aural waves begin like a tsunami, easily dislodging listeners caught in the surge areas. Sadly, this is not their fault, we are all susceptible to being caught off guard or unprepared. Illusions of Safety & Z'ev is a listening path most people have sought out, so if you have read this far it will be easy to understand this sonic might is the pinnacles of ice, wind and snow. Harsh, barren and beautiful places that there needs to be some preparation to earnestly understand and savour. As far as the backstory for Illusions of Safety & Z'ev, i will leave that to Arvo Zylo. An excellent thoughtfully descriptive writer with a knowledge base to provide heart felt history and passion. Read Arvo's history of how this album came to be here. This collection of sounds takes strength in how massively pristine it is. Sonic glaciers moving unfathomable amounts of earth, all condensed in the course of an hour. We hear planets being both discovered and destroyed, skies dropping galactic shrapnel, and the last two people on earth playing an instrumental farewell. To say Illusions of Safety & Z'ev is a sonic heavy is easy descriptive word play. Illusions of Safety & Z'ev is the tiny light in the sky that is burning so voluminously bright, we can see it from millions of light years away. This composition is a collaboration of so many people. The clarity and intensity is a testament to this. The labels involved with this release: No Part Of It, Feast Of Hate And Fear, Cipher Productions, Oxidation, Korm Plastics, Drone Records, Personal Archives, Public Eyesore, Tribe Tapes, Liquid Death Records. The links are active above. Some will take you straight to the Illusions of Safety & Z'ev LP and others to the only website reference i could fine. This release is in a count of 350 editions. There are 100 clear and 250 in black vinyl. The record is enclosed in a poly lined paper sleeve and includes a 12in x 24in two sided full color glossy poster. Both clear and black versions are on 140g vinyl. Clear is a little more scarce, but a few labels still have copies if that is what you want. - Ken Lower

(The Wire) In 2008, the legendary percussionist z’ev sent Illusion Of Safety’s Daniel Burke several short recordings of acoustically generated sounds. In a back and forth that lasted four years, the prolific sound artist layered z’ev’s recordings with his own contributions, sculpting the results into two sidelong tracks of soul-rearranging industrial ambience. “A Strategy Of Transformation” opens a holographic portal to an inscrutable yet familiar dreamscape; “Smaller Revolutions” is a gaping maw of human and bird voices, insect chirps, slamming metal and cavernous drone. A decade after its completion, and five years after z’ev’s passing, this inspired collaboration finally gets a vinyl release. - Emily Pothast

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