Zeru ta Lur, aka « Sky, Earth », pronounced Cerue ta Loorr as well as Cerü ta Lürr, depending on which Basque dialect may be chosen in reference, is an instrumental project of (French) cold wave, minimalist, proto-industrial but neo-romantic, opened in 2011 by Zuhurbelea, civilian name Bertrand ESCAFFRE.
The purpose of this hommage band is to pursuit the exploration begun in 1980 by Joy Division & Martin Hannett when these artists produced the strange experiences titled In A Lonely Place, Ceremony, Heart and Soul, Procession, Denial et As You Said.
While early Cocteau Twins or Red Lorry Yellow Lorry had a hitting similarity with their Scottish neighbours on the point of view of guitar and bass, Zeru ta Lur rather share with Joy Division the heavy, disframed and tense rythmical structure, as well as the psychanalytic oddity of the ambiences. We are then not about rock anymore, but rather on a kind of monolithic elabored and impersonal minimalist, definitely instrumental. Concerning occasional similarities, it could be possible to detect unexpected crossings with the Creatures at their beginnings, and more obviously with Réseau d'Ombres. It all is the legitimity to speak here of Cold Core, the very heart, radical, mechanist and abstract of first school cold wave.
Stuff with other orientation are automatically ranged into Zuhurbelea's discography - he takes in charge as solo the recycling of the "less joydist experiments" of Zeru ta Lur, besides his industrielles experiments.
In parallel, Zuhurbelea explores other aspects of this sound type through ambience tainted with world style with Dominance Delta, frankly anxiogenous and tribal with Enjeu Final and Gero (id est « More »), and also new wave, as at Nive's (so called with the name of some rivers).
In opposition to alcoholism, fascisms and patriarchy, Zuhurbelea fonded in 2012 the Zionist Anarcho-Muslim movement and opposes, to occidental hedonism, the humanitary aspect for the sine qva non condition of arts. The ethical label NO alcohol music expansion records (else : N.A.M.E.) is thus the virtual entity through and where the humanist claims can flow through in a litteral way on the triple double-ve place.
The first release « Theorical Distances » was a long-expected one, and many tracks surge direct from 1991 to 2010 sessions (for instance with « Always », « Second Thought », « Regenerates », etc…), though a large part is of 2011.
Exact tracks and lengths of the LP's vary along the time, as far as online versions are concerned.
EP 1 : Rivages (maxi), NO alcohol music ("Strands")
Sub-LP 2 : Some Demos
Sub-LP 3 : Sekretu Batzuk
Intermediary Compil' 1 Pre-Demos 2012
« Morality seems, indeed, against-nature, since it defies : « if you pollute the river, then drink of its water ». »
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