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Zita Swoon – a song about a girls

Posted on: March 13, 2008

Since 1970’s the Benelux countries became a rich source of experimenting musicians. The leading Belgian songwriter Stef Kamil Carlens was co-founder of the premium band dEUS. Between 1994-96 he recorded with them 3 highly successful albums and also his own legendary Moondog Jr. In 1997 Carlens left dEUS and started equally triumphant Zita Swoon, a band sailing like a magic spaceship between styles of past and future. Critics often struggle when it comes to categorizing the Zita Swoon sound, but retro-wave meets smoky, laid-back lounge blues will do for now. Zita Swoon are cultural nomads, their music is a journey through the long tradition of popular music, going from the absurd funk of Funkadelic over the era of singer-songwriters as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, towards the eclecticism of Tom Waits or Einstürzende Neubauten and the programmed sounds of Aphex Twins, DJ Shadow or Howie B. In a single song a total musical trip experience is to be discovered. A kindred spirit is found in musician as Beck, who feeds every concert and record with references to a long music history.

If there’s a single narrative thread linking the Zita Swoon songs together, it’s Carlen’s overwhelming passion for women and the complex emotional entanglement of love. Consider just the titles of albums like I Paint Pictures on a Wedding Dress (1998), Life = A Sexy Sanctuary (2001) and A Song About a Girls (2004), which proved to be instantly enjoyable, warm recordings with strong songs, lyrics in frensh and english.

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