I have been getting a bit burnt on metal, and then I remembered Øresund Space Collective and found this album of theirs on bandcamp that had been released earlier this year.
For those who don’t know, ØSC is a jam band collective playing spaced-out music, and as a collective there is a revolving and constantly changing line-up of artists who play. And, it is all improve too. It consists of artists from Sweden and Denmark (sometimes the US also) and I can honestly say that of the 14 albums they have released I don’t dislike any.
This is the smallest the collective has ever been with just three musicians. The recording is a couple of years old, released in March of this year, I can honestly say that it is one of my favorite albums of the year blending Eastern influenced drone with their space-jam style earning it a 90% rating. There is little to complain about in this record if one is into this style and format of music, enjoy.
entire album avaible streaming at Bandcamp
And a page out of an old NCnNSz-
Here, as promised, is one of the Space bands mentioned in the ØSC biography on Last FM;
The Wiki article is in Swedish, which gives you an idea of how mainstream this band is, but the Last FM article is in English and gives this bio;
“The Carpet Knights from Malmö was formed in the autumn of ‘98. The band has gone through some member changes but are since 2002 a tight unit. In the creative process inpiration is gather from a wide variety of music which have given the band a broad and experimental sound, everything from rock, prog, psych and folk is part of the repertoire. The timeline of the influences spans over four decades. The Carpet Knights have been described “A band with a big variability and a musical ability that takes the listener beyond his own mind and into a world that reigned by The Carpet Knights.”
Granted this isn’t a group that really grabs me, the music is a bit too specialized for my tastes but it’s interesting and a good obscure album for the archives.
ØSC is a space-rock jam-band with American, Danish and Swedish musicians and bunches of other talented people from other bands sitting in on different sessions. They play unscripted spacey-jam-sessions, so songs aren’t repeated and I believe there are sound-checks that break the seven minute mark and sessions of more than two hundred minutes.
SpaceC pointed out that the name is derived from the bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden. Last FM explains how the sessions alternate between cities on either side of the bridge, thus the name.
It is mellow mood music and very listenable. They have a significant amount of work and most of it is available streaming over bandcamp, which is OK because it really isn’t music for being on the move anyway.
Also I am going to check out and post about some of the other bands mentioned in the Last FM biography since there seems to be a whole space/jam scene in northern Europe that I am relatively uninformed about, and if ØSC is an indicator there is a lot more good music to be found.