sometimes you just stumble upon something you really like; you might fall over and hit the floor, but the found stuff that made you fall in the first place was simply all worth it. That was the feeling when my ears came in touch with this ‘contemporary music group’ named ζ function. The artwork for it gave no clue away of it being such a creative and inspiring appealing record, which was probably the biggest happy deceiver that we can all be happy about.
ζ function is a certain ‘Brett’ (who plays guitar, sings, whistles, plays keyboard and takes responsibility for the edits..) & ‘Jacob’ who also takes responsibility for the edits, plays the keyboard, sings and most interestingly also provides the music coming out of a piano. It’s this ‘edits’ that probably give this release the edgy fun edge that is so worth to break your legs on, although all other instruments and music partisans are not unimportant too. So what do they have been cooking?
Let’s check out their ‘kitchen sink’ which start with a nice stereo ticking time bomb click that ticks away to provide the right rhythm. A warm welcoming song that has this cozy feeling of something musically that your cat would love to meow on. Pretty and nice like brothers that au bade a sound coming from the kitchen sink. The two friendly chaps seem to sing in a lovely fuzz which made me for some reason think of Adam Green of moldy peaches fame, before lowering his voice a few notches. It’s a song that comes across cozy and friendly & like all cozy things; also pretty short.
Music is trending this year and if it is music that you want than perhaps this ‘everything is good’ track would be the thing that you wanted to search for but had no clue it excited. Its good music dressed in clothes of experimental free-basing craziness. It swings on a fine tweedeldee beat and almost hippy-esque groove with some enormously cute melody Hidden in the middle somewhere and some pretty dada-ist lyrics that seems to make sure the guys from ζ function are coming first in liking what they are making; and that if other people dig this pretty original music too than it’s obviously a fine extra bonus! Good for them is good for you, right?
‘Clear’ starts with a nice loudness in sound and distorted DIY drums and starts to become a music soup of melody, sensitive singing and all round uplifting happy bombastic tray that you want to jump rope too, or perhaps a quick interesting session of hula hoop.
The ζ function are far from a bore, that’s for sure. The ‘kayote’ track is like an alternative version of something like ‘once upon a star’ , very cute and calm. Good for a little break and relaxing time and munching on a lollipop. ‘Anesthetic medic’ is a nice Lo-fi singer songwriter expression with the sweet use of a crappy keyboard that is being played so skillfully & goes so nice together with the harmonic ‘aaah’s from the voices that slightly made me think of a ‘aaah’ of the famous Harry Merry but then more stable.
ζ function proofs itself to be different than other duos and sing and songwriters that the planet is so fully occupied with. They proof that even with the overused instrument of a guitar they still sound way out there on the pleasantness measure of originality. ‘You’re not a bore’ is like themselves acknowledging that they are aware that even though this track could be coming closer to more traditional duos; they are too far out to never be another band on the haystack.
‘Not yet saved’ is the second longest piece on the album and starts very mysteriously, slightly adjusting to a Arabic vibe but than a street organ-like sound takes it away again, a acordeon? A drum kit? This recording is like listening to a cloud of ideas and you just have to stick your hand out in order to grab one you like and make it happen. Slapping pots and pans? Lighters for candles? Rattles? It’s a vague track this one, highly inspirational for ideas although as a track on its own it’s as if ζ function is minding its own business over here, experimenting with all kind of sounds, samples and things. It’s the odd duck with the other ducks, but comes across as a ‘behind the scenes’ of Brett & Jacob having fun searching for sounds and finding them. They are not yet saved from their fun loving craziness.
You’re clever’ is like the song for holding hands with friends and Humming along on top of your lungs with the whistle of happiness.
‘September’ sounds so nice and muffled; the singing voice is nice, sincere and lovable. You just want to cuddle it even though he sings ‘he won’t be nice to anyone.’ Followed by a noised up guitar for the extra middle finger feeling. I guess no cuddles, but that’s alright.
The ‘wind’ track is the longest track and is one that comes across as another layer of ideas to grab but not as prolific as the one we met at ‘not yet saved’. In contrast to most of the tracks it’s highly improvisational which is nice, although in the context strangely comes across a little bit as a ‘extra’ to me. I must be enjoying the structures a bit too much that I can’t get excited to listen to this ‘wind’, luckily ζ function gives one more guitar solo at the end of the release, something cute that gives us a little hug as if it’s saying ‘thank you for listening’. And in that case I feel like writing ‘thank you for making music’ as that seemed the right and polite thing to say and do right now. you can check out the album over here: