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ZAAM - Nature Beyond

ZAAM - Nature BeyondThe man behind ZAAM, Bert D'hooge, suggested that compared to ZAAM's first album, Acid Folk, Nature Beyond was a bit more 'relaxed'.

Now, 'relaxed could mean a couple of things; either the compositions are 'looser' or the music has a calming influence.

It transpires that the compositions are tighter than some of those on Acid Folk but they are two different albums.

The album opens with a 45 second piece called Aulde Piano I, performed literally on an old piano that sounds as if it couldn't be tuned without falling to pieces.  This becomes more obvious on the longer closing track, Aulde Piano II.  Brings back memories of my late grandmother's old upright!  And perhaps that is the idea as Nature Beyond is extremely relaxing.

Bert is joined by Nigel Parrington (and Tom Vervoort who plays didgeridoo on the title track) for this album and their acoustic guitar duet on Rejoicing Nature is superb.  The deep vocals (later to be joined with falsetto vocals), which are slightly more than a narration, use the words of Scottish poet Robert Burns, from his work entitled Again Rejoicing Nature Sees.

Church style organ provides the base line to Pan On The Moors, a sub 19-minute drifting piece with piano and guitar weaving around the central melody.  This, apparently, is to be the soundtrack for a film called 'My Next High' starring The Pocket God's Mark Christopher Lee.  During the piece, voices can be heard speaking, presumably part of the script from the film, yet, rather than causing irritation, the track is quite soporific and I found myself forgetting I was supposed to be writing a review.

The 12 minute Magic Brew lives up to its name.  Judging from the vocals on this one, a cup or two of 'the brew' may well have been digested pushing the track into acid folk territory.

The acid sound continues with Absent At The Edge of The World which sets a trotting pace in a hippy-ish and relaxing way.  The title track, Nature Beyond has a Floydian acoustic guitar base line,  Monastery-like vocals and a sort of ancient/Tibetan/Aboriginal (the didgeridoo) essence.

Nature beyond is almost an album of two separate halves - a more conventional first half followed by a 'trippier' second half yet it works as a whole as a drug-free de-stressor.  No doubt the phone will ring and disturb my inner peace once again!

Should you wish to purchase a copy of Nature beyond, email Bert at the address below.

Jem Jedrzejewski

Contact Bert at dhoogebertm@hotmail.com

 

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