Zu announce tour dates in support of Jhator, their brand new album incoming 31 March (House Of Mythology)

Zu announce tour dates in support of Jhator, their brand new album incoming 31 March (House Of Mythology)



A brand new album from Zu, Jhator shall arrive on House Of Mythology 31st March, and the band have just announced an extensive period of touring in support of it. Full dates below.




04/04 Italy Arezzo Karemaski

04/05 Italy Ravenna Bronson

04/06 Italy Torino Magazzino sul Po

04/07 France Grenoble La Bobine

04/08 France Annecy Brise Glace

04/09 France Gigors Gigors Elect

04/10 France Marseille Jas Rod

04/12 France Agen Le Florida

04/13 France Caen Fermeture Eclair

04/14 Belgium Diksmuide 4AD

04/15 Belgium Bruxelles mag4

04/16 Germany Nurnberg K4

04/17 Czech Republic Brno Kabinet Múz

04/18 Germany Stuttgart Komma

04/20 Belgium Liege KulturA

04/21 The Netherlands Tilburg Roadburn Festival

04/23 Italy Mestre Spazio Aereo

04/24 Italy Parma MU

04/25 Italy Roma ZUFEST @ MONK


05/03 Norway Oslo Bla

05/05 Norway Stavenger Folken

05/10 Sweden Stockholm TBA

05/12 Denmark Copenhagen Stengade

05/13 Denmark Aarhus RADAR

05/17 Italy Bologna Freakout

05/18 Italy Milano Santeria

05/19 Italy Bolzano Pippo Stage

05/20 Austria Innsbruck PMK


06/13 UK Colcester Colchester Arts Centre

06/15 UK Bristol Exchange

06/16 UK London London Fields Brewhouse

06/17 UK Birmingham Supersonic Festival

06/18 UK Brighton Green Door


“A Sufi woke one night and said to himself, it seems to me that the world is like a chest in which we are all put and the lid is shut down, and we give ourselves up to foolishness. When death lifts the lid, he who has acquired wings, soars away to eternity, but he who has not, stays in the chest a prey to a thousand tribulations. Make sure then that the bird of ambition acquires wings of aspiration, and give to your heart and reason the ecstasy of the soul. Before the lid of the chest is opened become a bird of the spirit, ready to spread your wings.” – Sufi Farid ud-Din Attar, from The Conference of Birds
Ambition, aspiration and deep soulful explorations are crucial for Zu, who have been broadly questioning and evolving their musical identity for almost two decades, developing their musical vocabulary with every release and collaboration, never allowing their personal and creative freedom to be suffocated by imposed structures and labels. All of their strongest inspirations and artistic reference points have produced a very varied output, evolving (sonically speaking) from one album to another in their respective musical canon. For example, compare say Coil’s Scatology and Music to Play in the Dark or Time Machines, or Feeding of the 5000, Christ the Album or Penis Envy by Crass, and last but not least Pink Floyd and their journey across the first four–five albums; one could be forgiven for thinking it almost sounds like different bands. The same can be said for Zu, who’s musical language has changed a lot over the years, yet the essence very much remains the same. Perhaps then it will come as no surprise to hear that this new musical endeavour stands in stark sonic contrast to their previous albums; the concepts and ideas explored here are definitely not new to Zu though.


  For their new album, Jhator, Zu turn to ancient Tibetan funeral practice as their starting point, and much like the practice itself, it can be seen as the beginning of a new journey in a different form. Ancient Egyptian texts, and specifically those unlocked in the book The Dawning Moon of the Mind also inform the direction of the album. The band remarks, “in making this album we have tried to affirm life, beauty and mystery. We refocus the vision in another direction far from the Western point of view.”
Distinguished by two striking extended pieces, the first side ruminates on the three stages of a sky burial, reaching the final part where the soul begins to travel. Created in the spirit of this quote by Peter Christopherson, “as long as I can remember, I’ve approached music from a visual point of view. Any technique that you can apply to a film, you can also apply to a piece of music.” Zu also begin with a filmic starting point, and their vision then slowly revolves into the second piece where acoustic, organic instrumentation and vocals represent for them a soul stripped of worldly attributes, as one begins ones travels into the beyond.
Jhator could be the beginning of a new musical direction for Zu, or perhaps an isolated album capturing a particular essence, or a rite of passage, however their journey unfolds, may it continue to do so for years to come.

For any questions relating to ZU, please do not hesitate to get in touch (lauren@rarelyunable.com)

“Wonder is the beginning of philosophy” – Wittgenstein


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Zu announce tour dates in support of Jhator, their brand new album incoming 31 March (House Of Mythology)