Zyggurat, an electronic music project by Pete Grimshaw on modular synthesizer, featuring Piera Onacko on accordion and Nathan England-Jones on drums launch their new project, Broken Circle on Hackney Wick label Clay Pipe Music at Pan-Pan on July 13th 🌊
The band have received acclaim for their skilful and spontaneous modular synth performances, drawing special praise for the sonic interplay between the synth work and the organic flow of the drums.
“The name ‘Zyggurat’ derives from the inverted ziggurat of Birmingham’s lost brutalist library, designed by John Madin. It was completed in 1974 and demolished in 2016, and ties in with Birmingham’s history for rebuilding and remodelling its architecture and cultural heritage. I treated the album as a journey though this cycle of destruction and regeneration. It comes down to feelings on the passage of time, utopian hopes, journeys, dreams, reclamation, and nostalgia. “ Pete Grimshaw
“This is great, a proper trippy sea of synth-jazz” - James Holden
“Lithe, evolving, lyrical, highly recommended!” - Dan Bean
“I love the Zyggurat album. A flowing cosmic conversation between the modular synth and drums. Who ever knew such beautiful cosmic jazz would come from Birmingham” - Surgeon
“Highly recommend checking out Zyggurat” - Paddy Shine, Gnod
Zyggurat’s Broken Circle is the 5th in the series of Mini CDs on Clay Pipe. Each tiny 8cm disc brings 20 minutes of outstanding music with no filler. Presented in bespoke packaging, that recalls the look of the early releases on the label, these CDs bring new musicians and producers to Clay Pipe and act as a space for more familiar names to experiment. They have released two EPs "Beyond the Breaks" (2018) and "Earth II" (2020), as well as a self titled LP in 2022.