The single comes with a music video shot by Joan Sabatier.
Ni‘s amazing new single “Zerkon” is here! The most unclassifiable of Lyon, France quartets (including members of L’Effondras, Poil, and PinioL) is back. This new song anticipates the release of Fol Naïs, the band’s third album to be released December 1st via Dur & Doux. Noise, metal, math rock, and free jazz collide in this exercise in impertinence. And there’s plenty of it in this opus, with each track named after the jesters of various historical royal figures.
“Zerkon” is in typical Ni style. Melodic colours, with the use of a harmonic mode dear to the band. They play around with chromaticism, making the picture much darker. The bass ostinato, for example, comes to the fore during the sound improvisation that marks this track. As for rhythm, Ni takes a malicious pleasure in losing their audience with quick changes of flow. It’s like a tribute to the character of Zercon, the jester of Attila, leader of the Huns, who has been described as a stammerer. But a regular pulse does exist, albeit disguised by numerous devices. The first riff, with its metal features, closes the first part and leads into an obsessive, psychedelic improvisation.
Talking about the track, Ni comments : “Throughout this piece, we try to get your heads pounding while playing heavily with syncopations, changes in tempo and off-beats. We open with something almost melodic, which builds inexorably until the final explosion. Despite a lot of waste during the composition of the album, ‘Zerkon’ is one of the tracks that most quickly won the unanimous approval of the four of us. It’s one of those tracks that’s easy to get along with, because it uses the recipes that have forged the band’s identity while adding a bit of freshness. For example, through its use of flow, which we rarely use in this way, and the long improvisation section in the middle, which we rarely allow ourselves in this very written music.”
What better way to discover this new single than with a clip that breathes live music and makes you want to be run over by Ni? A foretaste of the band’s forthcoming concerts, in all their authenticity.
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December 1, 2023