Zac Nelson - 'New Once' - LP (SUS008)

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Zac Nelson - 'New Once' - LP (SUS008)

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Zac Nelson conjures a freak matrimony of chaos and beauty for New Once, his first album with Styles Upon Styles.

Born in Illinois and based in Sacramento, Zac Nelson cultivates a daunting discography of pop experiments across a myriad of personas, collaborations and solo affairs.  A feral drummer, versatile vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Zac performs with ALAK and Biosexual, recorded as CHLL PLL w/ Zach Hill of Death Grips and maintains a steady output of solo material. His past excursions in leftfield rock (Charbroile [Debacle, 2012]) and blasted sound design (Exis [Further, 2013]), meld into one beautiful orgy of sound in his most idiosyncratic album to date.

Inspired by Dieter Roth’s found materials art and the exploratory tones of Crammed Discs and ECM, Zac Nelson engages mystical and terrestrial forms in all aspects of his output. His ownership of a kombucha brewery provides the materials for his sculptures, which he crafts from pellicles left over from brewing kombucha. The natural becomes alien in Zac’s hands, his music no less spared than the ‘bucha cellulose. New Once flits from four top harmonies and acoustic strum-alongs to psychotropic passages of blistered ambiance from one minute to the next - each song barely averages above the two minute mark. The rapidity mirrors the musings of a dosed poet or a Hunter S. Thompson novella, dipping from the exuberance of “Some Are This” to the melancholic duet “Her Daddy Broke” with brushstrokes unfettered yet focused. 

It’s Zac’s vibrant drumming and sense of groove that elevate New Once beyond the freak pop standards. Beckoning a wild energy from his kit, Zac cascades into proto-funk fills and poly-rhythmic timing with a freewheeling tenacity best reflected in album closer, “Ex-Stream-Esque”. 

Zac Nelson blurs the borders of pop nostalgia and experimentalism with unabashed glee throughout the brief and wondrous sound of New Once.

New Once is out June 16th, 2015 via Styles Upon Styles. 

LP" [33RPM]

Side A:

A1. Send My Body to Her (1:35)
A2. Some Are This (2:11)
A3. Weak Robe (2:11)
A4. Her Daddy Broke (2:10)
A5. Outey Smoke (1:16)

Side B:

B1. Let This Unravel (2:18)
B2. Pansize (2:14)
B3. Prickette (3:17)
B4. Ex-Stream-Esque (4:16)
 

The artwork for the New Once LP features hand-drawn work from the team of Santiago Carrasquilla and Wade Jeffree.

SUS008 was mixed and mastered in NYC by Rusty Santos.

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