Red Filter Sounds was started, above all else, as a medium to share a love of music with those of similar tastes. At the same time, there was a desire to present music previously unheard by the masses. Today, that comes in the form of Zen2u.
Released today, on Zen2u.com, is the debut album, Echoes of Industry. Zen2u has been creating music on and off since the 1960s. Influenced by progressive rock, jazz fusion, industrial, 80s synth and modern ambient artists, this group of sound pieces is the result of multiple years of tinkering, noodling, beat making and an otherwise unbridled joy. The artist explains:
Zen2u works with an analog oriented palette of machine made noise. It is hoped the listener taps into this imperfect flow of sound and finds a forgotten human moment in these “echoes of industry”.
Such a wide background of music experience and influences are reflected in the fact that the album is quite dynamic. A track might begin with a rhythmic bounciness only to pivot on your ear drums into a spacier, more tonal personality. Keeping the album together is its roots in analog synthesis, a sonic trait that never quite disappears. Echoes of Industry should be listened to by old-school electronic fans to fans of Aphex Twin, Brian Eno, Bent, Jon Hopkins, and more.
While the album is available for listening for free at Zen2u.com, the single “Stride” is available on multiple streaming websites as well. And if you like what you’re hearing and are feeling generous, the album can be purchased for seven dollars or more. ALL of the proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders. This was a creation of fun, not profit.
The album was mixed and mastered by Peter James in the UK.