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Exclusive: Zato share live performance ahead of new LP – watch/listen

Recorded in lockdown, be the first to watch the French duo’s stirring live performance.

If you don’t know us by now, then chances are you never will.

The predominant aspect of Sun 13 is scouring the world in a bid to seek out new sounds. It’s an incessant and largely thankless task to boot, but one that we’ll (hopefully) never tire of.

So with that, meet the latest artistic voyage to pique our interest; Zato.

Hailing from the Mâcon, a city in the Burgundy region of France, Zato are Céline and Alex de Zato, who, in their own words, “unroll a dark, dream-like indie-rock.”

Since the duo’s debut 2008 EP, La Marée, Zato have gone on to produce three albums (their last being 2015’s Black is the Light), an EP soundtrack for the 2017’s film, Black is the Light, while last year saw the release of two singles, Broken Faces and Quarterback.

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While the band are currently adding the finishing touches to their new LP, which is slated for release at the end of 2021 via the French label, OSTO Records, exclusive to Sun 13, for the first time you can watch Zato‘s live video which was produced during lockdown.

Many of the songs during this performance will feature on the band’s forthcoming album.

The video and performance encapsulates Zato‘s PJ Harvey-inspired West country blues that rise above Alex‘s shadowy drones once heard from the likes of Blonde Redhead and Mazzy Star, while Céline‘s tender violins are reminiscent of Warren Ellis of the venerable Australian trio, the Dirty Three.

Any fan of the aforementioned touchstone artists will definitely draw something worthwhile from the sounds Zato produce. So with that, enjoy.

By Simon Kirk

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