Zoviet France

Profile:
Music group from Newcastle upon Tyne in north east England. Their music, often experimental, at times dissonant and made of industrial textures, falls into the ambient and drone music category.

Members:
Lisa Hale (1980-1981)
Robin Storey (1980-1992)
Peter Jensen (1980-1984)
Ben Ponton (1980-present)
Paolo di Paolo (1984-1986)
Mark Spybey (1987-1989)
Andy Eardley (1990-1995)
Mark Warren (1995-present)
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none Zoviet France - :Garista: album art :$oviet:France:* :Garista: (Album) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) none UK 1982 Sell This Version
REDLP 40 Zoviet France - Mohnomishe album art :zoviet-france:* Mohnomishe (Album) Red Rhino Records REDLP 40 UK 1983 Sell This Version
REDLP 45 Zoviet France - Eostre album art :Zoviet:France:* Eostre (Album) Red Rhino Records REDLP 45 UK 1984 Sell This Version
nml 8505, nml8505 Zoviet France - Gris album art :zoviet-france:* Gris No Man's Land, No Man's Land nml 8505, nml8505 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
none, REDC 58 Zoviet France - Popular Soviet Songs And Youth Music album art :zoviet-france:* Popular Soviet Songs And Youth Music (Album) Singing Ringing, Red Rhino Records none, REDC 58 UK 1985 Sell This Version
REDLP 67A Zoviet France - Gesture Signal Threat album art :zoviet-france:* Gesture Signal Threat (Album) Red Rhino Records REDLP 67A UK 1986 Sell This Version
RED LP 67 Zoviet France - Misfits, Loony Tunes And Squalid Criminals album art Soviet France* Misfits, Loony Tunes And Squalid Criminals (Album) Red Rhino Records RED LP 67 UK 1986 Sell This Version
STAALTAPE 00L Zoviet France - Loh Land album art :zoviet-france:* Loh Land (Album) Staaltape STAALTAPE 00L Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
REDLP68 Zoviet France - A Flock Of Rotations album art Soviet France* A Flock Of Rotations (Album) Red Rhino Records REDLP68 UK 1987 Sell This Version
REDLP 68A Zoviet France - Assault And Mirage album art :zoviet-france:* Assault And Mirage (Album) Red Rhino Records REDLP 68A UK 1987 Sell This Version
REDCD91 Zoviet France - Shouting At The Ground album art :zoviet-france:* Shouting At The Ground (Album) Red Rhino Records REDCD91 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CHARRMLP14 Zoviet France - Look Into Me album art :zoviet*france:* Look Into Me (Album) Charrm CHARRMLP14 UK 1990 Sell This Version
STCD005 Zoviet France - Just An Illusion album art :zoviet*france:* Just An Illusion (Album) Staaltape STCD005 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
CHARRMCD15 Zoviet France - Vienna 1990 album art :zoviet*france:* Vienna 1990 (Album) Charrm CHARRMCD15 UK 1991 Sell This Version
CD66 Zoviet France - Shadow, Thief Of The Sun album art Zoviet France Shadow, Thief Of The Sun (Album) DOVe CD66 1991 Sell This Version
CHARRMCD17, CHARRM CD17 Zoviet France - What Is Not True album art :zoviet*france:* What Is Not True(CD, Album) Charrm, Charrm CHARRMCD17, CHARRM CD17 UK 1993 Sell This Version
THESE 11 CD Zoviet France - Unentitled album art :Zoviet*France:* / Jim O'Rourke / The Hafler Trio :Zoviet*France:* / Jim O'Rourke / The Hafler Trio - Unentitled(CD, Album) These Records THESE 11 CD UK 1995 Sell This Version
SOLV 004 Zoviet France - Digilogue album art :zoviet*france:* Digilogue (Album) Soleilmoon Recordings SOLV 004 US 1996 Sell This Version
charrmcd24 Zoviet France - in.version album art :zoviet*france:* in.version(CD, Album) Charrm charrmcd24 UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Zoviet France - Mort Aux Vaches: Feedback album art :zoviet*france:* Mort Aux Vaches: Feedback(CD, Album, Ltd, Num) Mort Aux Vaches none Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
TRAM 1 Zoviet France - The Decriminalisation Of Country Music album art :zoviet*france:* The Decriminalisation Of Country Music(CD, Album) Tramway TRAM 1 UK 2000 Sell This Version
zf20110918AAC Zoviet France - Live At Incubate, Poppodium 013, Tilburg 18.09.11 album art :zoviet*france:* Live At Incubate, Poppodium 013, Tilburg 18.09.11(File, AAC) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) zf20110918AAC UK 2011
AV040/041/042 Zoviet France - 7.10.12 album art Zoviet France 7.10.12 (Album) Alt.Vinyl AV040/041/042 UK 2012 Sell This Version
SOL 182 Zoviet France - The Tables Are Turning album art :zoviet*france:* The Tables Are Turning (Album) Soleilmoon Recordings SOL 182 US 2013 Sell This Version
av052 Zoviet France - Patina Pooling album art :zoviet*france:* and Fossil Aerosol Mining Project :zoviet*france:* and Fossil Aerosol Mining Project - Patina Pooling (Album) Alt.Vinyl av052 UK 2014 Sell This Version

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ian19

ian19

September 16, 2020
VOD165: ZOVIET FRANCE Châsse Volume 2 17Lp Wooden Box -sold out at VOD - available to preorder from boomkat
ian19

ian19

May 11, 2020
RELEASES SCHEDULED FOR MID SEPTEMBER 2020 (DEPENDING ON CORONA SITUATION)
VOD165: ZOVIET FRANCE Châsse Volume 2 17Lp Wooden Box
LP1 The End of Nothing, the Beginning of Everything
LP2/3 Shouting at the Ground
LP4/5 Just an Illusion
LP6 Russian Heterodoxical Songs
LP7/8 Look into Me
LP9/10 Shadow, Thief of the Sun
LP11/12 Collusion
LP13 Vienna 1990
LP14/15 What Is Not True
LP16/17 Further Collusion
ptv023

ptv023

May 21, 2019
Great news from Vinyl on Demand for those who can afford it:
VOD-RECORDS UPCOMING RELEASE PROGRAM:
LATE JUNE / EARLY JULY
VOD155: ZOVIET FRANCE "Châsse" complete album works 1982-1987 15Lp-Wooden Box with Shirt (ltd. 400) plus 11 Stand Alone Releases (ltd. 200 each)
vladimir.ursinovich

vladimir.ursinovich

September 7, 2015
edited over 5 years ago
The godfathers of otherworldly and quixotic ambient.
divvynation

divvynation

January 30, 2013
anyone who uses this word .... hypnagogic .... must instantly stop.
nightatnoon

nightatnoon

August 2, 2008
While classic Zoviet France is unparalleled in greatness, it is unfortunate Ben has taken the path of digital gear. It sure shows in the music. Nothing against computers, its just that classic era Zoviet France was this timeless beautiful thing that seemed to have vanish when Robin Storey left. The Reformed Faction is up to snuff without losing that eloquent intangible. I stepped outside while *ZF* played a show a few years ago in San Francisco when I saw the digital gear they were using but made it back to see Michael Gira play. I will however be flying to Boston to see Mark and Robin play this November.

Here is an idea... how about Ben gives up the Zoviet France name and starts a misc. boring - run of the mill experimental side project. Then the Reformed Faction can restore the tarnished name, Zoviet France, once and for all!
Crijevo

Crijevo

May 7, 2005
edited over 15 years ago
Zoviet:France is out of this world - a respectful compliment and as scary a thought on equal terms. Daring you to 'play' their records means challenge beyond formal treatment (sometimes as equally challenging when transferred onto CD). A phenomenon similar to the likes of Muslimgauze or some other obscure sound explorers - Z'ev, The Hafler Trio or Strafe Fur Rebellion. But like all of them, Zoviet:France is beauty and the beast in their own right, a non-descriptive sound-format offering stunning visual and auditive escape from the music's stereotypes.
Alastis

Alastis

October 16, 2004
edited over 16 years ago
I would say that *Zoviet-France* do not create music - they create imaginary soundtracks to the movies that could've looked like something that we often see in dreams. Critics are trying to find terms for this genre - some are calling it dark ambient, some are calling it "isolationism", but in essence none of these terms will help us to define what it is really Zoviet-France are creating.
According to some sources, their work usually consists of months of improvisation and painstaking editing work. Results are hard describe with ordinary terms. Its meditative and hypnotizing, but at the same time it have nothing to do with new age. Its agressive (at least in the early phase), but it have nothing to do with power electronics or harsh noise. Its influential, but at the same time few heard about it outside of avant-garde/experimental circles.
So what is it, really ? A giant sound puzzle ? Hypnotizing sound walls ? *Zoviet-France* music might be all of it, but it doesn't fit into existing genres and musical schemes.

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