Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Univers Zero - 1983 - Crawling Wind

Univers Zero 
Crawling Wind

01. Toujours plus a l’est (5:29)
02. Before The Heat (4:03)
03. Central Belgium In The Dark (Live) (9:50)
04. Influences (Bonus) (7:36)
05. Triomphe Des Mouches (Bonus Live) (9:51)
06. Complainte (Bonus Live) (5:28)

- Daniel Denis / drums, percussion, voice, violin, harmonium
- Dirk Descheemaeker / clarinet
- Andy Kirk / piano, organ, synth, voice, viola, music box, percussion, harmonium, radio
- Guy Segers / bass, voice, violin, invisible talk, flies talk
- Alan Ward / violin
- Christian Genet / bass
- André Mergenthaler / cello
- Jean-Luc Plouvier / keyboards
- Michel Berckmans / oboe, bassoon
- Patrick Hanappier / viola
- Roger Trigaux / guitar

“Crawling Wind” was originally released in 1983 as a limited edition, japanese only 12? EP by Eastern Works. This rare 3-track EP has been re-mastered with the addition of previously unreleased studio and live material.

Daniel Denis’ “Toujours plus a l’Est” is an excellent composition that easily matches the consistently high quality of the band’s other studio works from that era. The piece is uncharacteristically brightly colored, obviously taking a breather from the darkness and brooding that defined their previous three albums, though still with the dashes of Eastern European flavor and uncluttered, rhythmic precision that gives it that unmistakable Univers Zero identity.

Before we get too comfortable, however, Andy Kirk’s “Before the Heat” is more characteristic of the macabre atmosphere indigenous to the band’s earlier albums and reputation, with plucked strings and chasmal reverberations. This mood is reinforced by the live improvisation “Central Belgium in the Dark”, recorded in 1982.

The bonus additional tracks feature “Influences”, a Kirk-penned studio recording from 1982; “Triomphe Des Mouches” recorded live in Hannover in 1984 and “Complainte” recorded live in Belgium in 1979.

“Crawling Wind” is somewhat of an uneven EP, and certainly the massive interest in it was due in part to its obscurity and rarity. It is a must-have for those who can’t get enough of this band’s peak period. Not the best place to start, but certainly not be ignored either.



  2. Man, you're awesome. I just want you to know the internet wouldn't be a nice place without people like you! You're doing the world a favour and I appreciate a lot what you do!

    By the way, now that you're posting the good ol' UZ stuff, any chance you're going to post Thierry Zaboitzeff's solo discography? Namely "Missa Furiosa", which cannot be found anywhere.

    Thank you, and cheers from Brazil.

  3. I had all his solo albums posted on my previous blog... lemme check if the links are still alive

  4. I found the stuff on spotify through a comment you posted on this blog , but I listen to music mostly without a computer, and I don't think there's a way to download stuff from there. If I had the money, I'd buy it, but yeah...

    Still, thanks a lot, I'll see if I can figure that out.