When the collective minds entwine, the magic of music takes flight...
Hey and welcome back all you Fuzzers in this new year, hope everyone been off to a good start.
I’m here for my first proper review in 7 months and rightfully so it’s time for my favorite Space Rock Collective to get their fair share of spotlight.
This is their 23rd studio full lenght album, if we leave out the West, Space And Love record which ended up as a separate band for its follow up.
Despite all the albums, official live releases and live recordings they share through archive.org I’m yet to be bored by their output.
How a group of people can set up and then jam without direction and still sound like they collectively knew where to take it in the spur of the moment just blows my mind.
So lets get ready for a trip!
How is the sound ?
The sweet bass grooves and drums lay a good foundation for the guitars to blow through the universe while Dr. Space do some of/if not the best spacey synth sounds in the scene.
That is the usual affair and this record is no different, but it feels like the songs stick out a bit extra than usual so I’d say this is a good album to start with if you’re unfamiliar with ØSC.
As I usually know what to expect from ØSC it was a nice surprise to see them throwing in some Afrobeat in the first jam Lost in Africa, nothing I’ve heard in their music before but not so farfetched since they occasionally do some reggae inspired jams.
Prosthetic Cuban continues with the African/Latin vibes with doundouns being heard even more here.
A fantastic track where the synths and guitars swirl around each other like a capoeira dance and making it unresistable to give in to the groove, half way through ØSC change things up a bit turning it into the most varied and fun track on here.
After those sweet jams it’s time to cruise in warp speed with Lost Milage and freak out some with Hieroglyphic Smell, here the intensity grows while the band is firing on all cylinders.
So if you dig Heavy Psych then check those out.
There’s also Oops which is just a 3,5 minute synth exploration which is nice and reminds me of their Kybalion album.
During a brief moment in Hieroglyphic Smell a synth I belive is playing the classic Smoke on the water riff.
I can imagine someone just in the moment thought of the idea and played it with a stupid grin on his face.
It’s a bit out of place but makes me smile every time.
Why is this album worth listening to?
- Because ØSC knows how to space out and bring you on far out trips with their incredible jams!
- If you’re new to ØSC this is a great album to start with!
In what situation you should listen to this album?
- When you got some time to just sit back, relax and enjoy a good trip!
Something particular to note?
Out on Space Rock Productions, 500 LP’s & CD’s so be sure to grab one soon if you dig physical releases.
Also noteworthy to mention that they have a monthly subscription at Bandcamp were you get access to live cd releases and some unreleased jams from their earlier days. Highly recommended. 🙂
For Fans Of
3rd Ear Experience, Kungens Män, Electric Octopus, My Sleeping Karma, Papir
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