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THE BLACK TOMATO

ěresund Space Collective

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.06 | 71 ratings

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5 stars This Black Tomato can only come from outer space for sure ...

I love this album! The band, consisting of 9 astronauts, takes off into space again with exciting grooving jams - presented very relaxed with much easiness and wonderful melodic parts. OSC's concept is consisting of compelling psychedelic twin and triple guitar work, based on an excellent working rhythm section and combined with diversified keyboard stuff - what more can you expect?

OSC is a space crew headed by captain Scott Heller which doesn't line up as a usual band. Changing members is a principle, a method to inspire the band again and again. They have excellent connections to the space/psychedelic scene of scandinavian and even other european countries. So they are inviting wellknown musicians from time to time to participate at their concept especially for delivering live performances. But 'The Black Tomato' this time is the result of studio sessions - recorded on the fly and without any overdubs!

The opening opus RumBle is 38(!) minutes long, devided in 5 parts and provided with russian spoken word poetry. A fantastic trip whereas they are floating from one planet to another - speed-up and periods of rest and weightlessness are alternating whilst OSC is reaping the valuable black tomatoes - this is never boring in any way. Spacey guitars with delay effects, synths but also jazzy elements by electric piano and a funky bass. Even some krautrock contributions similar to Ashra are to remark.

Early enough before they reach the point of no return OSC is inverting with the title song dominated by a decent dub groove. The instruments are stimulating each others joyfully on the way back using the complete range with synths, hammond, fender rhodes and many guitar riffs. With Viking cleaner OSC is hurrying up with a lot of speed to enter the atmosphere of the home planet and finally is gliding weightlessly back to the ground ...

Never thought such a new inspiring thing could be possible - a jewel is coming back directly from outer space with a touchdown in Sweden and now (hopefully) infecting planet earth.

A masterpiece of the space/psychedelic subgenre - an excellent addition to every enhanced prog collection. Congratulations OSC!

Rivertree | 5/5 |

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