Zoft “…is a duo from Brussels. Zoft is not a pill to lose weight. Zoft is made of drums, guitar, voices, sound sculptures, lights… Zoft is not a chewing gum for hair loss. Zoft exists since 2008.” So says the intro to Zoft’s web site, and it should be also mentioned that Zoft are not an Indonesian metalcore band of the same name (who may be also known as Zeal Of Team).
Ok, now we’ve established who the real Zoft are, and they’re good: semi-instrumental rock in that kind of mathy, Zeuhl-tinged vibe that seems to be developing in pockets across Europe. They were originally a bigger outfit but as a two-piece have a full and complex sound.
Lots of info here: www.zoft.be …and here’s their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zoftmusic
The addition of home made instruments and sound sculpting is impressively well-integrated into their tight compositions… here’s one of their gigs (note: that is probably not a London audience…)
Brussels-based duet formed by drummer Damien Magnette and guitarist Nicolas Gitto, Zoft proposes a deviant and ludic take on rock, combining high energy and twisted rythm patterns. After extensive touring across Europe, Damien and Nicolas settled to record their first album, the aptly titled Electrically Haunted.
With this strikingly mature debut, Zoft enters the realm of unclassifiable bands. Inf
luenced by the works of Steve Reich, Pierre Schaeffer or japanese outfit RUINS, the duet blends together mad rythms, chanted lyrics, repetitive motifs, abrupt guitar sounds and a jazzy feel that might recall ZU, Mike Patton’s Fantômas or their label neighbours K-Branding.
On stage, the band is surrounded by sound sculptures and home-made instruments, making the audience part of a performance where the light show takes a special place in creating a warm and chaotic ambience, in perfect adequacy with the music.”