ZERO DEGREE: Probe CD Ant-Zen
Lush atmospheres open ‘Probe’ with filtered air like pads crashing through and subtle electronics walking alongside pattering beats in steady procession; it’s a hypnotic opening sequence that doesn’t waste much time getting on with things and surprising that it clocks in at over 12 minutes as time seems to just dissolve.
‘Dark Slope Streaks’ is way more cinematic with background vocal sampling filling out the gaps alongside the almost pop like sounding beats with wavering pads and cold strings; there’s a heck of a lot going on but each separate influence is simplistically kept apart and everything feels sparse and clinical.
Zero Degree have produced a decent album in ‘Probe’. It’s not going to set the world alight by any means, but it is professional and is as clean as it gets, almost like every note has been dowsed in antiseptic. ‘Probe’ is cold and almost robotic in its execution and I actually mean that in a good way.
This is one of those sit back on a long journey albums, the only let down being that its familiarity and ever so slight lack of variation means you can get distracted. This album could fill your ears when there is nothing going on and you want to stare out of a window, shut the world out and think of other things, but don’t expect it to engage with your thought processes as a partnering soundtrack.
A solid album and professionally done, but so cold and away from any human emotion you really have to pick the right moment to press play.