This is what happens when you give a troubled youth recording equipment. I don’t know what it is that’s happening in Noordwijkerhout, but there’s a lot of stuff coming out of Next to Jaap’s Studio that is worth paying attention to. Next up, ZEA, who is, for want of a better word, insane. Clearly, clynically, certifiably insane. God bless him. The Beginner is an incredible record. Oh it’s incredibly bonkers, that’s for sure, but it’s so bloody energetic, so bull headed and so schizophrenic in its approach to crafting a tune that you simply can’t fail to be impressed by it. Fancy going to “the place where donkeys grow?” Of course you do. Want to hear somebdy ranting about the energy crisis? That’s here. Want to know what armpit elastica is? Step on board. You may not like it all, or find all of it pleasant to listen to but I’m not sure that’s the point of it. I’m not entirely sure what the point is, to be completely honest with you but every time I try to explain this record to somebody I can’t stop myself from laughing. This is what happens when you give a troubled youth recording equipment. The results are astonishing.