ZAUM is a passage toward the dark realizations of the old world; a monolithic, doomy mantra-based meditative experience forged by bass and drums interwoven with sitar, woodwind, string, and synth textures. Based in New Brunswick, Canada, observers experience a tranquil resonance whereby the astral and physical planes can coexist and be understood from a natural perspective.
ZAUM impending new album Divination, set for release this May via Listenable Records, is a direct continuance of the ever-evolving lore and world in which ZAUM has exposed. Conceptually, the album unpacks a transmundane darkness from ancient Burma – touching on conflict, theism, and some esoteric events which play a key role in the developing canon of ZAUM based on their previous releases to date.
Audibly, the album portrays a dense and vivid dreamstate, supplanting the listener into an overseer’s perspective of these aforementioned esoteric depths, reexperienced with a celestial clarity. The soundscapes within encapsulate an unveiled mysticism harnessed to unpack the fluidity of consciousness at the crux of the human condition.
While ZAUM’s meditative “mantra doom” sound stays quite true to what people have experienced to date, their sound and presentation certainly has progressed further into new territory on Divination with the inclusion of recorded instrumentation such as jaw harp, digideroo, singing saw, dilruba, saz, brass bells, brass bowl, and finger cymbals. In addition, their live experience now features a monumental change with the recruitment of Egyptian-Canadian evil queen Nawal Doucette to ZAUM, performing her mesmerizing dark dance rituals entrancing those who observe.
Divination will be released on April 26th in Europe followed by a North American release date of May 10th with preorder options to be available at the Listenable Shop at THIS LOCATION in the coming days.
Prior to the release of Divination, ZAUM will bring their psalms to European stages. The trek will run from April 9th through April 28th. See confirmed dates below.
4/09/2019 Bärenzwinger – Dresden, DE
4/10/2019 Dungeon – Osijek, HR
4/11/2019 Eightball Club – Thessaloniki, GR
4/12/2019 Death Disco – Athens, GR
4/13/2019 T.E.I. Kavalas – Kavala, GR
4/14/2019 Mecra – Istanbul, TR
4/15/2019 Mixtape 5 – Sofia, BG
4/16/2019 Reflektor – Timisoara, RO
4/17/2019 B52 – Bucharest, RO
4/18/2019 Flying Circus – Cluj-Napoca, RO
4/20/2019 Tube Cult Fest – Pescara, IT
4/21/2019 Krško Mc Klub – Krško, SI
4/23/2019 Dürer Kert – Budapest, HU
4/24/2019 Grand Café – Szeged, HU
4/26/2019 Protokultura – Gdansk, PL
4/27/2019 Czasoprzestrzeń – Wroclaw, PL
4/28/2019 Mala Warszawa – Warsaw, PL
Kyle Alexander Mcdonald – vocals, bass, textures
Christopher Lewis – drums, percussion
Nawal Doucette – visual performance art, ambiance