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Zero: Exile II

by Zru Vogue

“You know how sometimes you try to fit in, but you stand out like a man in a rabbit costume on fire?”
Genre: Electronic: Experimental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Amnesiac's Poem
1:17 $0.99
2. The Okay Talk
1:51 $0.99
3. Informal Paranormal
4:10 $0.99
4. Penetrating Octavia
4:17 $0.99
5. Come Back to the One
3:17 $0.99
6. Second Chances
3:06 $0.99
7. Realize (Real Eyes)
5:43 $0.99
8. No Occupancy
4:46 $0.99
9. Zero One Two Three
3:38 $0.99
10. Beyond Mind
3:07 $0.99
11. A Better Place
2:33 $0.99
12. The Re-awakening
2:21 $0.99
13. I Am Zero
2:24 $0.99
14. Vogue Town
4:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
“Most people run through life without really thinking about it. They’re just getting by. I’ve tried that. I was a drone in their machine, ‘till one day, I broke free.”

This album, Zero: Exile II, sets out to answer the big questions in small ways: Who are we? Why are we here? What is real? What does a monkey’s uncle drenched in after shave smell like?

Exile II continues of the story of Zero, a nothing guy living an ordinary life until he finds himself in an alternate, surreal dimension of reality where he starts to question fundamental notions of his own existence. Or something like that. Rather than tell a linear story, each song in The Exile (Zru Vogue 2006) and Zero: Exile II (Zru Vogue 2011) lets a piece of the story unfold, often from Zero’s perspective as he struggles to understand his predicament.

Exile II could be the soundtrack to a stage production; there’s a theatrical feel to many of these songs that immerses the listener in moods and sensations that can take several listens to absorb and process. It’s a dense album. Musically and sonically rich, conceptually opaque, and lyrically obtuse, the world of Zero begins to unfold once you stop trying to understand it and accept it as something new, to be understood on its own terms.

But if you forget all that and just listen to the music, you will find Zru Vogue in top form, delivering avant-pop art funk with insistent beats, expressive and emotive synthesizers, flowing bass lines, and spot-on percussion fills that dig deep into the heart of Zruism.

There’s a lot more that we could say about this album, but the best way to understand what Zero: Exile II is all about is to experience it yourself. Listen. Learn. Be. Question reality. Do the Zru.



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Cryptic, semi-transparent, totally danceable.
Have you ever danced with your Dada? Do it - strap on your wings, oil your antennae and boogie down to the hep thrum of Zru as they take you on a ride through the hive and drop you into the web of Octavia, Insect Queen Supreme. Hear her thorax shimmy, feel the leggy creatures mambo up the nape of your neck.
Zru Vogue has managed to amaze us all over again, to set us alight, to incandesce like a moth in a bug-zapper.
Zero: Exile ll is so rich it could be the basis for a wild, esoteric musical. Lie back and listen on headphones and see if you don’t envision the staging, mentally design the lighting and assemble the costumes. Songs like Informal Paranormal (equal parts dystopian landscape, poetry jam, and groovy be-in) are made to be seen AND heard. Zero One Two Three, A Better Place, The Re-Awakening, Vogue Town... they each have a place in the larger story. I propose an off-Broadway opening.
Zru Vogue’s music, their very existence, simply makes life better.
Remember: there is no Me in Hive. There is, however, You in Zru. Enjoy.

a fan

ready for lift off!
One of the best things about this album is being immersed in the sounds a tiny creature would "hear": the percussive rhythms, beats, buzzes, hums, scratches, clicks, clangs, high pitches, low basses, a groovy collection of vibrations. Good vibrations! It's a blast! Check out especially # 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8, one of my favorites.

But there's more than the music. This is another chapter in the life of Zero, a thoughtful inquisitive alien insect, who has escaped a mind-numbing drone's existence and has landed in a new world, possibly Earth, feeling as though he's awakened from a long, dreamful sleep. We follow his unusual adventures and discoveries and his rediscovery of Octavia, his old love.

It's about sounds that make music, about music that transports you, it's about being transported to another life.

In the end, we can’t help echoing Zero’s aching question “what is life?”

So, what IS life?

Listen and find out...


Zero = 5 Stars
This is one hell of an album. Zru Vogue is a prolific band, and it's easy to get jaded by all their groundbreaking music.

Yet, this one is a special Zru album, one that recalls the freshness of Nakweda Dream from 1981, but with the maturity of a band that has continued to evolve, reinvent, and develop new sounds that are uniquely Zru Vogue. For those who know Zru Vogue, I would like to say this one is one fun, exciting album...one you can't miss.

If you are reading this, not knowing Zru Vogue, then I will briefly describe their sound (if possible), as pop experimentalism, not something too serious that you need to listen over and over to "get it". Instead it's a wonderful, thoughtful, reflection into existence, non-existence, and everything in between. It's fun music, danceable sometimes, sometimes not, sometimes funky, sometimes just ethereal.

It's one of the most enjoyable albums I've heard this year, and i recommend you hear it too. You won't be disappointed!