Formed in the libertine and verdant undergrowth of Bristols cultural side streets, Zun Zun Egui started out playing up and down the UK to hardcore and party crowds ready to be let loose by music. They self-released a limited editon CD-R and then, on the back of a snowballing word-of-mouth live reputation, started to be invited to play shows all over the world at festivals, squat cafes, hotel lobbies, art centres and other unlikely spaces.
Their debut album, 'Katang' (11/8 on Bella Union/Yep Roc) is one to savour. Recorded in the Welsh wilds and produced by bassist Luke Mosse.
Everything about "Katang", from its 50 minutes of freerange rock music to the wonderful fifth-world visual feel conjured up by keyboard player/singer Yoshino Shigihara, emits a weird, kinetic and contagious energy that could only have come from these four individuals coalescing as personalities and players, carving out an intuitive musical lexicon that, whilst far removed from rocks lingua franca, finds its own way to connect on a direct and universal level. Away from the tribal sprawl of modern music culture and what they call "the realm of ideas", "Katang" finds Zun Zun zoning in on the heart of the matter.