:zoviet*france:

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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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Albums

Zoviet France - Look Into Me album art :zoviet*france:* Look Into Me (Album) Charrm UK 1990 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - Just An Illusion album art :zoviet*france:* Just An Illusion (Album) Staaltape Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
DOVeCD66 Zoviet France - Shadow, Thief Of The Sun album art :zoviet*france:* Shadow, Thief Of The Sun(CD, Album) DOVe DOVeCD66 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - Vienna 1990 album art :zoviet*france:* Vienna 1990 (Album) Charrm UK 1991 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - Popular Soviet Songs And Youth Music album art :zoviet*france:* Popular Soviet Songs And Youth Music (Album) Staalplaat Netherlands 1994 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
Zoviet France - Digilogue album art :zoviet*france:* Digilogue (Album) Soleilmoon Recordings 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
Zoviet France - The Tables Are Turning album art :zoviet*france:* The Tables Are Turning (Album) Soleilmoon Recordings US 2013 Sell This Version
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 UK 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SIG.MMXII.VI Zoviet France - Mammoth Mountain album art Four Hands / :Zoviet*France:* Four Hands / :Zoviet*France:* - Mammoth Mountain(12", Ltd, Tra) Signals SIG.MMXII.VI UK 2012 Sell This Version
av064, AV 64, none Zoviet France - Flexible Pooling album art :zoviet*france:* and Fossil Aerosol Mining Project :zoviet*france:* and Fossil Aerosol Mining Project - Flexible Pooling(Flexi, 7", Shape, Ltd, Whi) Alt.Vinyl, Alt.Vinyl, Baltic (3) av064, AV 64, none UK 2015 Sell This Version

Compilations

Zoviet France - Collusion album art :zoviet*france:* Collusion (Comp) The Grey Area UK 1992 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - Châsse album art Zoviet France Châsse (Album, Comp) Vinyl-on-demand Germany 2019 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

none Zoviet France - A Duck In A Tree 2016-08-27 | The Vessel Of Light album art :zoviet*france:* A Duck In A Tree 2016-08-27 | The Vessel Of Light(File, AAC, Mixed) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) none 2016
none Zoviet France - A Duck In A Tree 2017-01-28 | Downscaling The Upsizing album art :zoviet*france:* A Duck In A Tree 2017-01-28 | Downscaling The Upsizing(File, AAC, Mixed) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) none 2017

Miscellaneous

av010 Zoviet France - Shteirlel album art :zoviet*france:* Shteirlel(Lathe, 8", Shape, Ltd, Num, Cle) Alt.Vinyl av010 UK 2008 Sell This Version
zf20111129AAC Zoviet France - E18 album art :zoviet*france:* E18(File, AAC) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) zf20111129AAC UK 2011
Zoviet France - Live, Le Batofar, Paris 23 September 2011 (Extract) album art :zoviet*france:* Live, Le Batofar, Paris 23 September 2011 (Extract) Nostalgie De La boue Ivory Coast 2012
none Zoviet France - Curlwing album art :zoviet*france:* Curlwing(File, MP3, 320) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) none 2013
zf201305612-3MP3 Zoviet France - Loaded By The Moon album art :zoviet*france:* Loaded By The Moon(File, MP3, 320) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) zf201305612-3MP3 2013
none Zoviet France - Icile Mbira 2 album art :zoviet*france:* Icile Mbira 2(File, AIFF) Not On Label (Zoviet France Self-released) none 2013

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ptv023

ptv023

May 21, 2019
Great news from Vinyl on Demand for those who can afford it:
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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 4 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 14 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 14 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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