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"Compared to the manic sensibilities of Zorch, Shmu brings a more chilled-out vibe with elements of pop and shoegaze, opting for some serious grooves rather than spacey synths." -- ALARM Press
Sam Chown, drummer/singer/multi-instrumentalist in Austin's hyper-kinetic duo Zorch releases his solo debut under the moniker Shmu today. The entire album, Discipline/Communication is available for streaming HERE.
The track and video for "&hearts" was recently posted by Canadian mega music tabloid Exclaim! and available to stream/download HERE. And, Shmu previously released the first album track "House of Stares" at Consequence of Sound. The sultry tune is available to stream/download HERE.
"House of Stares" showcases a much more subdued and dare we say "pop" side of the musician's talents seldom heard in Zorch. Meanwhile, "&hearts" takes some of Zorch's spastic glitch and infuses a pop sensibility. Throughout, Shmu's album Discipline/Communication is a melodic exploration into combinations of pop, shoegaze, glitch, psych and experimental rock into a cohesive and original whole spread across the disc's 16-tracks.
Chown wrote, produced, recorded and performed all instruments on the album. Discipline/Communication is available June 5th on CD and download via Grand Theft Zamboni Records.
Label: Grand Theft Zamboni Records
Release Date: June 5, 2012
05. Crazy #107
08. Peaceful Swan
11. Heads Will Fall
12. Floatin' Oculus
15. Dangerous Passion
16. Pool Party (Place 4 Us)
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