ŽEN are a Croatian genre defying queer four-piece based in Zagreb. They define themself an ‘audio-visual band’ for having the ‘good’ habit to enhance their rad live shows with intriguing and evocative visuals.
The group has already release two albums and it was the sophomore one ‘Jantar’ that caught my attention for its natural and enviable ability to dissect and encompass different sound hints, from psychedelia, shoegaze, kraut, math, to post-rock, post punk, even new wave, never losing consistency and without seeming forced.
The new single ‘Sonična taktika / Sonic Tactic‘ swims in the same vivid, abstract, coloured mind-expanded sea of seminal bands like Loop or The Telescopes, and unfolds over a glowing and iridescent soundscape made of motorik beats, mesmerizing dual vocals chasing each other soaked in a flow of heavy reverb guitars, dense and deepening synth layers; a sonic maelstrom that seems never to burn out by continuing to depict further sensory stimulations, leaving you breathless and bewitched.
As a preview of the upcoming album ‘Sunčani ljudi‘, due out on November 22nd, 2017 via Moonlee Records, Vox Project and Unrecords, it could’t be more electrifying, further evidence of a band constantly evolving and improving, surely other sonic delights and surprises are on their way in a few days.
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