Zea + Xavier Charles
MR 5 ● 7″ single ● 2012
Black 7″ by Zea with Xavier Charles on clarinet. The unique Zea style with the wonderful clarinet parts of Xavier Charles (Chalôns en Champagne, France). The work of clarinetist Xavier Charles ranges from noise to electro-acoustic via sound poetry. He has played in numerous new music festivals in France and abroad.
“Bourgeois Blues” (A1) is based on Leadbelly and The Fall versions (Bourgeois Town). “It’s Quiet” and “Insecurity Expert” are both written by Arnold de Boer.
Great collab between guitarist Arnold de Boer (Zea/The Ex) and clarinetist Charles, with the whole Zea gang joining him on the other side. The group’s Leadbelly cover is the best version of this tune I’ve heard since Panther Burns tackled it – the arrangement is almost like some unknown avant African disc. And the De Boer/Charles duo stuff is as good and quite similar, although in a slightly sparser way.
— Byron Coley, The Wire.