The Minnesota gang of electro-pop rockers known as ZibraZibra have released their latest full-length record, “Mercury.” It is comprised of previously unpublished music from their 2010 LP of the same name. The album has been proudly published on their independent music label, Minneapolis-based Royalty, Etc. Records. Exploding with energy, bouncing with rhythm and showcasing some of the most colorful and ingenious compositions from the band yet, “Mercury” is definitive proof that ZibraZibra can provoke dance from coast to coast and truly anywhere in the world.
Listeners ready to pass judgment without further ado are encouraged to sample the record's single, “Marie Antoinette,” at their earliest convenience.
“Mercury” is technically the fourth ZibraZibra album, first recorded in 2010. It is preceded by 2006's “The End of the Lion,” 2007's “777,” and 2009's “Supplemental Material.” It was followed by their most recent LP, “Mr. Synthetic,” which turned heads internationally and introduced ZibraZibra (and Royalty, Etc. Records) to a whole new generation of listeners in 2013, almost a whole decade after the band's formation.
The sound of ZibraZibra can range from the ambitious to the audacious and from the impertinent to the downright silly. Asked to cite some main artistic influences, the band writes:
“Moonlight walks on the beach, fruit smoothies, and horseback riding!”
In ZibraZibra's repertoire audiophiles can expect to be reminded of eighties and early-nineties synth-pop bands and electro-pop groups like Echo and the Bunnymen and the Human League. In the band's more sober moments, they can even invoke a more disco-minded Depeche Mode.
Commenting on their selections on “Mercury,” they write, “This was actually recorded during a dark time in the band's history. The majority contributions were from Neil Z and Vanilla (shredding on guitar).” Whether the band say this tongue-in-cheek or in earnest is impossible to discern.
Upon being asked to divulge where they began playing and where they're based now, they state, “We have been digitally copied to the internet and live there.”
ZibraZibra's representation say of “Mercury,” “This album was almost lost to the sands of time, but Royalty, Etc. shook the ZibraZibra tree and this ripe fruit (shaped like a pair of testicles) fell right down into our mouths – and now it's being issued to all.”
“Mercury” from ZibraZibra on Royalty, Etc. Records is available online worldwide now. Get in early, electro-pop fans. Very early.
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