Zoviet France

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.

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)


Zoviet France - Mohnomishe album art Zoviet France Mohnomishe (Album) Red Rhino Records UK 1984 Sell This Version
CD66 Zoviet France - Shadow, Thief Of The Sun album art Zoviet France Shadow, Thief Of The Sun(Cass, Promo) DOVe CD66 1991 Sell This Version
STCD 005 Zoviet France - Just An Illusion album art Zoviet France Just An Illusion(CD, Album, RE, 3rd) Staalplaat STCD 005 Germany 2005 Sell This Version
Zoviet France - 7.10.12 album art Zoviet France 7.10.12 (Album) Alt.Vinyl UK 2012 Sell This Version
VOD155.1 Zoviet France - Garista album art Zoviet France Garista(LP, Ltd, RE, RM) Vinyl-on-demand VOD155.1 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
VOD155.5/6 Zoviet France - Eostre album art Zoviet France Eostre(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Vinyl-on-demand VOD155.5/6 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
VOD155.8/9/9BONUS7/10 Zoviet France - Popular Soviet Songs And Youth Music album art Zoviet France Popular Soviet Songs And Youth Music(LP, Ltd, RE, RM + LP, Ltd, RE, RM + 7", Ltd, RE, R) Vinyl-on-demand VOD155.8/9/9BONUS7/10 Germany 2019 Sell This Version
VOD155.13/13BONUS7 Zoviet France - Loh Land album art Zoviet France Loh Land(LP, Ltd, RE, RM + 7", Ltd, RM, whi) Vinyl-on-demand VOD155.13/13BONUS7 Germany 2019 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Self Released Zoviet France Utdrag(Minimax, Single, Ltd) Amino Self Released UK 2003 Sell This Version
none Zoviet France - Live, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, England 4 May 2015 (Extract) album art Zoviet France Live, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, England 4 May 2015 (Extract)(Acetate, 10", S/Sided, Single, Ltd, Num, S/Edition) Lathe Revival none UK 2015 Sell This Version
VOD155.7 Zoviet France - Gris album art Zoviet France Gris(12", Ltd, RE, RM, ext) Vinyl-on-demand VOD155.7 Germany 2019 Sell This Version


VOD155.2 Zoviet France :$oviet:France: / Norsch(LP, Comp, Ltd, RM) Vinyl-on-demand VOD155.2 Germany 2019 Sell This Version


76N-aut# Zoviet France - Star & Shadow presents Savageland with Zoviet france LIVE album art Zoviet France Star & Shadow presents Savageland with Zoviet france LIVE(Cass, C90) No-Audience Underground Tapes 76N-aut# UK 2019 Sell This Version

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May 21, 2019
Great news from Vinyl on Demand for those who can afford it:
VOD155: ZOVIET FRANCE "Châsse" complete album works 1982-1987 15Lp-Wooden Box with Shirt (ltd. 400) plus 11 Stand Alone Releases (ltd. 200 each)


September 7, 2015
edited over 4 years ago
The godfathers of otherworldly and quixotic ambient.


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


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!


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.


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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