Devin Townsend‘s latest effort, the double album ‘Z²‘ was released earlier this week, with the final episode, ‘for the time being’, of ZTV has gone live on Townsend‘s Youtube channel.
The ‘Z²‘ double album is the latest creation from the Canadian creative genius, Devin Townsend, and the follow up to the 2007 release, ‘Ziltoid The Omniscient‘. The first disk, ‘Sky Blue‘, is released under the Devin Townsend Project (DTP) banner, while the second disk, ‘Dark Matters‘, continues the Ziltoidian story.
Speaking earlier this year to The Independent about ‘Z²‘ and the two albums, Townsend commented;
‘Z² wasn’t rushed, but hurried along, simply because I had the opportunity to do it. It’s something that I’ve been threatening and wanting to do for years. It had to be written and recorded at lightning speed, but I’d just finished Casualties… so I was really tired. It became a struggle for me because I didn’t want to phone it in.
The end result is that Z² ended up being a real success for me musically, but also because when I was most willing to call it quits, I didn’t. I saw it through and got it to the very end. I think, when I look back at my musical catalogue, Z² is what’s going to define it.
The first disc, Sky Blue, is the next step up from Epicloud but the melodies aren’t as basic, it’s a lot more melancholy, it’s maybe a little more washed out colour wise, it’s not as vibrant, but it really speaks for the fact that I couldn’t do a happy record right now, that’s not where I was at.
My view on the second disc, Dark Matters, is different again. Seven years have gone by since the first Ziltoid. That was a really psychological record for me and he was a representation of me at that time, you know, I’d just had a kid, I was coming out of drugs and quitting my band, Strapping Young Lad, stuff like that. I just don’t care about that stuff as much as I did.’
Townsend however wasn’t content with continuing the Ziltoid story only through the release of a new album. Instead, he proceeded to create ZTV, utilising it to develop the story in more depth, as well as giving us some visualisations of his creations including the first glimpse of Herman, ‘The Plant Smasher‘.
When Townsend released the first episode of ZTV he released the following statement;
‘Hey guys! Devin here… been a few weeks since the Z2 album was delivered, and we’ve been getting everything ready for the upcoming tours and the release of the records. As I’ve mentioned, Z2 is an experiment for me in trying different mediums to illustrate a concept, and as such…I’m really excited to present to you the new Ziltoid website, and the first of three ZTV episodes leading up to the album release! The crowd-funding campaign has allowed me to actualize Ziltoid and its music in ways I’d always hoped for, and the idea with the three web episodes is to set up the concept of the album. This first one is less over the top than it gets by episode three, but it needs to establish the whole story before it gets more absurd. It is a great pleasure to be able to do this, and was an awesome experience (other than having to explain to management and family why I spent so much money on puppets =) Thank you for the support and allowing me to continue! Devin‘
‘Z²‘ is available to buy now and you can now watch all three episodes below.
Hail Ziltoid‘s return!
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