Astute readers of TMT will appreciate the fact that we’re rather enthusiastic fans of the Brooklyn-based avant-garde outfit ZS and its associated acts around here. Were we ever to pull a Sesame Street and accept the sponsorship from individual letters of the alphabet, I suspect everything on this site would be brought to you by the letter Z, with the occasional exception for Q, because Q isn’t qlose to receiving the quotidian love and qare that it deserves. On a personal level, New Slaves (TMT Review) had me hearing saxophonic oscillations for days after the first listen, and I thank ZS founder Sam Hillmer for, consequently, allowing me mitigate the buzzing noises of bees during the spring and summertime. Ahh, bees! How I loathe and fear you so.
Hillmer has a solo project called Diamond Terrifier, whose second release, with the oddly positive title Kill the Self That Wants to Kill Yourself, is reviewed here. A mere several months after that album’s release and he already has his next LP prepped for exposure — The Subtle Body Wears A Shadow, billed as his “debut album” and out this spring on Diamond Terrifier’s brand new label affiliation, Chris Taylor’s Terrible Records (not to be taken literally).
Musically, I’d expect something similar to (though possibly darker than) the previous release, but compositionally, there’s one obvious difference: The Subtle Body Wears a Shadow consists of one half-hour piece split up into four parts. As far as the tracklist, album art, (more specific) release date, and supportive live performances go, stay tuned for details!