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If, like the people on this podcast who are not Chris (i.e, most people), you fuck with Google and Search Engine Optimisation, you would know that Google likes it when you type a blog post that’s over 250 words.

So now you know why that sentence above exists..

Seriously though, this week we’re discussing Italian jazz rock maestros Zu.

Zu are an incredibly talented band. Since their first album 1999 they’ve gone onto create some of the most avant-garde jazz/rock music that you could imagine. It's a journey which has led them to the door of Mr. Mike Patton, the singer of Faith No More/Fantomas/Tomahawk/Mr. Bungle and, more to the point, the owner of the exceedingly weird Ipecac Records.

Carboniferous is their debut release for Ipecac. It’s a challenging, doomy, metallic, jazzy, mathematical exercise in esoteric rock music. It explores as much territory as it possible for a band that contains a drummer, bassist and saxophonist, and from the word go it’s an exhilarating listen.

On this episode we dive a little into their extensive back catalogue, talk about the collaborative nature of their music and even, EVEN, discuss jazz a little bit. The results are…interesting, to say the least.

Is this their definitive album? As ever, you decide. Vote below and let us know.

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