Sheer Zed: Programmable Organic Automata
Apparently the first ever UK review of Sheer Zed’s music (aside from a dodgy one on Ceefax) Simon Tucker tackles the mammoth 20+ minutes long new single and enjoys every twisted minute.
The footstep glitch that starts the immersive journey that is the new Sheer Zed single is a tease. A fake. A skipping rhythm that makes you feel you are about to embark on a journey to Oz full of bright colours and singing lions. Don’t be fooled…but certainly don’t turn back. This may not be a journey of sunshine and vibrant scenes but it is certainly one of discovery and of welcome introspection.
Programmable Organic Automata starts light but withing seconds random slices of chrome start slashing the air. This is not just one long single but a series of suites blended together to create a narrative that is structured and precise. Each heavy door-slam that breaks the serenity is then soon smoothed over so you are unaware of your surroundings or if the author is to be trusted. There certainly seems to be some underlying decay in the sheen but hey, welcome to 2016.
With backwards music slipping in and out and general themes that run throughout the whole piece holds together wonderfully well. When we reach the third “movement” in the single we really are plunging into shadows. The world of Villalobos and Shakleton, Burroughs and Poe. The music keeps rising and falling, an uneasy tide.
Sheer Zed displays throughout a wonderful touch of nuance and structure and it is when a faint beat emerges through the dripping chrome that we see an artist fully immersed in the history of electronica music, taking it and and using it to create a new whole.
Programmable Organic Automata is not for the feint hearted. It is a warped and twisted take on current existence yet there is enough beauty within to give you hope.
I have a strong feeling there will be a lot more reviews coming in for Sheer Zed in the near future and anything that’s positive will be well deserved as this is an artist reaching into himself to create an extraordinary universe in which we can all swim.