Zru Vogue – Assembly For Body Movements
Zru Vogue is a long-running collective formed in 1980s Palo Alto, exploring all the colors between synthpop, post-punk, rock and other avant-genres with playfulness and sincerity.
Members Andrew L. Jackson, Rick Cuevas, Tom Sanders and Nancy Miller began experimenting with the avant-potential of pop by accenting songs with African and Middle-Eastern rhythms, and ambient and British-influenced left-field rock. The project was rooted in Dadaist methods, mixing minimalist electronics with acoustic percussion and instruments and electric guitars to form melting, all-in explorations. They performed and recorded variously around the Bay Area through the 1980s (the collective reduced to a duo of Jackson and Cuevas in 1982) and took a long break between 1984 and 2004, when the two reunited to produce some heavier (electronically and thematically) ruminations through 2011.
This collection of their sounds - composed, performed and recorded between 1980-2011 - was organized and released by Melodies Souterraines in 2018.