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""I absolutely love this EP""

"I absolutely love this EP" - Dan Hegarty - RTE 2fm & 2XM - The Alternative 11pm-1am


""I was hoping that ‘Absent’ would be as memorable as the band title. It didn’t disappoint"."

With an eye-catching name as Kantor Tzar Kollectif, you could be forgiven for thinking it will possibly be soviet propaganda you’ll be hearing. I was hoping that ‘Absent’ would be as memorable as the band title. It didn’t disappoint.

The EP itself can be broken down into two categories; the unrelenting indie disco of opener ‘Between the Tare’, and the rainy-day electronica of the third track ‘Plug In’ onwards. This can seem convoluted on something as short as an EP, with bands trying to showcase all their talents and influences on one disc. ‘Absent’ never strays into this territory, and balances the EP perfectly in the process. The influences of Primal Scream can be heard in the first two tracks, with standout track ‘Crooked Smile’ sounding like it came straight off Screamadelica. Its combination of smooth guitar riff and the light bongo work make it a perfect song for a lazy day in the sun.

The EP then ventures into Portishead/Zero 7 territory, with the remaining three tracks dedicated to slower, atmospheric sounds. ‘Plug In’ flows from a serene, warped piano beat to an ominous chorus flawlessly. The vocals are imposing throughout, sounding like the lovechild of Bobby Gillespie and Billy Corgan, and the guitar play throughout adds an element which can leave electronic music lacking sometimes. Final track ‘Presidio Part 1’ is a bit of a let-down compared to the rest however, finishing off the EP with a monotonous instrumental which sounds more like music whilst you’re on hold than an actual song.

Apart from that minor blip, ‘Absent’ is an EP that will leave you impressed, and hoping that there is more of the same to come from the Dublin-based duo. - GoldenPlec


""They have a sense of sweeping, velure-clad drama, which is something Irish music could do with""

I’m old enough to not get Grimes, but also to know what it was like when The Sisters of Mercy were an actual, real, going concern. These days it’s hard to know if a kind of bedsitty gloominess is a result of an immersion in the Sisters, Nephelim, Cure et all, or just the XX (I don’t get the XX.) Kantor Tzar Collectif might be more of the former, than the latter, with their heavy, fuzzed bass riffs and kind of dark, goth-disco feel.

The music of this Dublin two piece is based around a drum machine, the odd Cinematic Orchestra type sample, and guitar shapes Andrew Eldritch would be proud of. Between The Tare, the first song on this e.p. is most resonant of the early eighties oeuvre, led along by the insistent machine beats. In the voice there’s a kind of growling, which is supposed to convey a kind of drama, that’s reminiscent of early Emotional Fish (gulp! Did I just say that?), or The The, but without the depth or darkness. The chorus deals with “fighting on the dancefloor” which, funnily enough, was a factor of any Saturday night out on the Indie tiles in the old Olympic Ballroom back in the day. Beyond that, on Crooked Smile, there’s more of a suggestion that Madchester may be an influence, with its louche bongos and slighter rhythm, not to mention a stray mention of “ecstasy”. Plugged In uses an old piano sample, complete with vinyl crackling, which gives way to delay soaked guitar and heavy bass.

It takes more effort to play this kind of music and actually mean it. I hope that they dress in black, wear shades over their kohl-ed eyes while hanging around in darkened rooms, and have a baby tiger on a chain. I hope that their drum machine has a name. That kind of making an effort is he least we should be expecting from our artists. We need to undo the untold damage of the nineties, and it’s anoraks and lad rock, standing still, spitting out infantile rhymes and stealing only the obvious riffs from the obvious bands, and get back to posturing, make up and quoting from the classics. KTC may not even be into that. These days it’s hard to know at what remove bands are from the original influences. Perhaps these lads just bought a few Interpol albums, and think Joy Division is when you get an A in your maths homework. But whatever the genesis of their music (and wouldn’t it be great if it were Genesis) they have a sense of sweeping, velure-clad drama, which is something Irish music could do with. - Thumped


Discography

December 2011 saw the release of Kantor Tzar Collectifs debut EP, to date it has received radio play across RTE 2fm, Today FM, BBC Radio 1 and numerous Dutch Indie stations.........

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Since forming Kantor Tzar Collectif have honed a live set using breaks, beats and minimalist grooves to enhance their ongoing experimentation with visual imagery.........

To date the band has played across Ireland and The Netherlands with their 3rd tour around Holland coming this September and a UK tour being planned for the new year.

December 2011 saw the release of "Absent", the bands debut EP......... (http://kantortzarcollectif.bandcamp.com/album/absent-ep) Tracks from the EP have been played across Irish, English and European radio stations.

RTE 2fm Irelands national radio broadcaster picked up Absent within weeks of its release and Kantor Tzar were invited by The Alternative Show host Dan Hegarty to do a live Studio 8 session which was produced by Ian Wilson ( http://2fm.rte.ie/blogs/studio_8_sessions/2012/07/listen-to-kantor-tzar-collectif-studio-8-session.html )

Always original and uniquely alternative.........