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ěresund Space Collective


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.00 | 12 ratings

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4 stars Here is a new album by the most marketable and successful nowadays impro-instrumental Space-Psyche-Rock ensemble, ěRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE founded and led by Scott 'Dr. Space' Heller. It had been a long time since the main touring band of ěSC entered the studio. The music was performed and recorded in Black Tornado studio, Kopenhagen in January 2017 on the occasion of the US desert-rock legend Gary Arce "was in town and wanted to jam". The result is monstrously grandiose double-disc album, "Chatoyant Breath" (released as 2xCD/2xLP by Space Rock Productions).

I should say that that the current entry of "Chatoyant Breath" is not exactly correct. It would be more right to present here the full album version which consists of 5 tracks clocking in at approximately 136 minute. And this full-version is available only as 2xCD edition:

CD 1 - 1. Peaceful Patterns (28:37) 2. Chatoyant Breath (36:08) CD 2 - 3. Angular Ambrosia (28:02) 4. Turbulent Trepidation (23:21) 5. Celestial Sensation (19:23)

Why it's important? First, because vinyl/digital versions do not include "Celeatial Sensation" - while it's one of the two tracks featuring all three guitarists in the ěSC line-up: Gary Arce (of Yawning Man, Ten East, Zun, etc.), Nicklas S°rensen (of Papir), and Nicholas Hill (of The Univerzals). Second, because the original flow of the album is broken in the vinyl/digital versions - consider that some tracks on the album are bridged, like "Peaceful Patterns" and "Chatoyant Breath" on CD1. Just have this in mind when choosing to purchase your version of "Chatoyant Breath".

Anyway, this album in some way differs from ěSC recent recordings as there are no any aesthetic or stylistic ideas-visions behind it. This is free-loose-end impro-instrumental Jam-Rock in its purest and natural form though tinged with multiple synth-space effects. The soloing, improvising, and dueling guitarists as well as the grooving rhythm section featuring bassist Jiri Jon Hjort (of The Univerzals, Fri Galaxe) and drummer Martin Bjerregaard (of Psyched Out Janis, Fri Galaxe, The Univerzals, Gas Giant, etc) are at ground zero throughout the music context. It doesn't mean that the role of synth-gurus Dr. Space and Mogens Pedersen (of The Univerzals) is not important though - without the cosmos of swirling-n-bubbling effects generated by these two, the music would probably be similar to primordial Desert-Stoner/Acid-Rock jam from early 90's.

But what we have here is excellently crafted Psychedelic-Space-Rock instrumental improvisations in a wide range of moods and emotions - from more spaced out , relaxed, and exploratory jams (on CD1) towards more weaving, riffing, tickling and scratching your mind action tracks (on CD2). Summing up, everyone who enjoys improvised instrumental Psyche-Rock beyond compositional forms will find quite a lot catching and mind-bending things on "Chatoyant Breath". Not to be missed!

raigor | 4/5 |


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