Thursday, February 26, 2015


"ZA’s latest reunion took place over Christmas, resulting in the belated surprise gift of another 20-song tour de force. Normality Bias soars, scorches and squelches through the dusted fantasias we’ve come to expect from a group whose name is Dutch for Soft Machine, burrowing ever deeper into the prog zone with a reimagining of Egg’s “Fugue in D Minor.” The real surprises arrive with a bonus dosage of vocals, whether in the form of the sample-chopped “Baby’s On Top” or pitch-shifted warble-along “The Clown’s Got A Flat Tire.” Their swirling cover of Procul Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” brings it all back home, wherever home may be. (JL)"

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