BY STEPHEN GOSSETT
Instrumental synth-and-drums duo Zombi proved adept at voguish-by-happenstance Moroder-esque synth disco on their previous album, Escape Velocity (2011). But fans of their woolier, heavier material will rejoice over new LP Shape Shift, a vivid return to Goblin-styled horror flick prog and acid-washed hesher rock rhythms. The palette remains consciously limited, as the experiments heard in frontman Steve Moore’s solo concerns (analog ambient, grayscale techno, leisure-suited space disco) remain largely distinct from Zombi. But in the end, that tendency to compartmentalize proves winning. Such commitment to ‘70s period detail (a gaudy chorus effect here, a flashy synth-bass run there) plus the duo’s sheer musical giddiness achieves a sense of galaxy-gazing delight far beyond mere retro mannerism.