Wow, that was a long week. Topping it off, someone gave me a pill Tuesday, I ate it, and woke up next to my ex, which did nothing to improve the week or my opinion of random pills. But it’s over and time for another Streaming Sunday, so here is ØSC’s latest release from a show they played in Jenna, Germany last year. Space Rock, Jam Band, collective… These guys just get better and better, enjoy.
Today’s Streaming Sunday features The Space Spectrum, playing long, droney, engulfing space rock. In their own words, “The Space Spectrum is a space/drone/kraut collective from Rendsburg, Germany” (Bandcamp) . Perfect soundtrack for the lazy Sunday, basically the musical version of a gravity rip… Two tracks, 36 minutes, instrumental… so chill it would be blasphemous to listen to this at work, 90%, enjoy.
Streaming Sunday is about listening to new bands, sometimes it’s hit and sometimes a miss, but at least it’s something different. This week’s selection isn’t my cup of tea, but I can see some people really digging this band, thus making it a true and impartial Streaming Sunday.
Amplifier is a Space/ Progressive Rock band from Manchester. They’ve been around since the late 90’s and have four albums out and four other releases. Admittedly, this is a Random Tag, it was popular on Bandcamp and they seem to have a big following, so it looked like a safe bet… the band itself is good, and the music isn’t bad, per se. But, the vocals are way too prominent and the sound leans more towards progressive and real old space rock. Honestly, the vocals are too loud and kinda spoil the overall sound, not really digging it, 76%.
God is an Astronaut, Irish post rock, tagged space rock also, but I’m not hearing it. This is their latest album and probably my favorite that I’ve heard… excellent background music, and yet another should hear band, 80%.
Today we have Het Droste Effect, a Fuzz rock band out of the Netherlands and the introduction of the tag Fuzz, which is basically a groovy mix between kraut rock and space rock. Honestly, this is probably going to be my album of the year. I know it is still just April but this is along the same lines Thorr Axe, with that (epic, catchy, poster child of the year)
This album kicks off with a sick fuzz riff and just gets better from there.
Papir is psychedelic krautrock with experimental and space twists. The band is from Copenhagen and I’m hung over, but it’s streaming and free to download. Good stuff, 87%.
I have long contended that digital downloads should be free, for among other reasons, that sounds of the Big Bang are still reverberating throughout the universe so the idea of charging for a digital download seems absurd. And, the general ambience of Sunday should be a mellow easing into the coming week, so a Sunday streaming post seems appropriate.
For our maiden post we have Yuri Gagarin, a Swedish psychedelic/stoner/space rock band out of Gothenburg and their self titled album… OK, I’ll admit, I bought this one. It’s that good. The guitars and synths all mesh to gather perfectly into a quintessential session album.
Enjoy your Sunday.
Here, is one of the few digital albums I’ll pay money for dispite my views against doing so. Mainly because some music is just too good to pass up. I’ve been a huge fan of this space rock jam band comprised of Danish Swedish and American musicians, which was likely already pretty clear judging by the number of post I’ve written about them. So, Monday I promised a live Øresund Space Collective post, and here it is, Cafe Cairo 10/20/2012, and so far this is my favorite live album of the bunch they released back in July of last year. The sound quality is good and the band is playing spaced out jams, there’s not much else to say, Dr. Space is the man, 95%, enjoy.
Sitting here in the ambience of a crappy show and overweight Central Floridians I have to note the cosmic flow of Øresund Space Collective’s latest release. This is their 16th release and it leans more towards the psychedelic side of the spectrum than space, which isn’t absent by any means, just more subdued in this release. A studio album recorded in the Black Tornado studios in Copenhagen in April of 2012 that is good, very good, but this is a Space jam band. This is more a collector’s item, kind of the way most band’s live albums are collected mainly by the hardcore fans and are the lesser known works. It’s good, just not the sound that ØSC is known for.
Anyway, this latest release is still a superb blending of artists… unlike this show which hasn’t even started yet other than the bearded dorks drooling over fat chicks. This must be a Rockabilly show because it looks like a suicide bomber hit a make-up factory.
Drunken tirade aside, Organic Earthly Floatation is stellar, 86%, however this album is almost a tease, hinting at their soaring and epic live space jams that go on for hours, so, Friday’s post will cover one of ØSC’s live releases.