For a few years, the Pittsburgh duo Zombi has been making dank, atmospheric instrumental music that’s closely indebted to the bugged-out horror-film scores of the ’70s and ’80s. Inside that zone, Zombi have all the time discovered loads of room for inventive expression; their 2021 EP Liquid Crystal was full of various wrinkles on the group’s established sound. However on a brand new album, Zombi have gone off in a vastly completely different course.
The brand new LP Zombi & Pals, Vol. 1 is all covers, and it’s Zombi taking up a few of the smoothest soft-rock hits of the ’70s. On the LP, Zombi tackle songs like Barry Gibb and Barbra Streisand’s “Responsible,” Neil Diamond’s “America,” the Doobie Brothers’ “Takin’ It To The Streets,” and the almight Alan Parsons Challenge Bulls-intro jam “Sirius/Eye In The Sky.” In addition they cowl Eagles, Dionne Warwick, Lou Rawls, Eddie Rabbitt, and Double. There’s a rattling Frank Stallone cowl on right here. Zombi have been placing out these covers in an internet sequence, however now they’ve collected them on an album — the primary in a sequence.
These are trustworthy covers, they usually’re not instrumentals. Relatively than adapting these sounds to suit their model, Zombi have tried to re-create the smoothness of the unique tracks. They’ve introduced in assist from members of bands like Trans Am, the Sword, Zao, and Pink & Black. In a press launch, Zombi’s Steve Moore explains:
Final yr, we invited a few of our shut pals to participate in a sequence of soppy and easy cowl songs we beloved from our childhood. Over the course of the yr, we recorded 25 songs, from roughly the mid-70’s by the mid-80’s and launched a brand new one virtually each Friday. It was an opportunity to remain busy and related through the pandemic. Admittedly it began as a little bit of a joke with our Barbra Streisand cowl, which was initially going to be a one-off, however the response was so sturdy we determined to plan out an entire sequence.
Stream the outcomes under.
Zombi & Pals, Vol. 1 is out now on Relapse, with bodily copies coming 6/17.