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ěresund Space Collective


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.73 | 28 ratings

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3 stars 'Dead Man In Space' is only available on vinyl - another result of the Black Tornado sessions in 2008 where 'Slip Into Vortex' was born too. You can expect two long jams ... and the short title track which is more of an experimental excursion. So nine musicians have gathered here, coming together from diverse nordic psych/space bands to form the current project. I'm a fan (of the music and approach) and aware of nearly every official OSC album - which means already handicapped in some way if you will ... always searching for some new aspects respectively facets within their music. So - compared to a newbie - this surely is letting my expectations climb higher in the meanwhile.

The opener High Pilots is a nice looping improvisation in a rather strict sense - provided with an easygoing behaviour, at least when it comes to the first fifteen minutes. Some (really slight) problems concerning technical skills confirm that this are unpolished recordings. Why oh why??? - unfortunately the Hammond is not very present! Drums, guitars and synths are way more lively, albeit the bass is mostly repetitive, nearly phlegmatic. All in all this proves them a cool band in any case.

The following Space Jazz Jam 2.2 is another relaxed exemplar with a jazzy going, a grooving vibe, where saxophone player Anders has a share this time. The dramaturgy is more striking and so I would say this is the album's highlight and turns it into another production which basically can be recommended. Great sensitive psych guitar work on the whole. Finally the title track is based on synths and voice samples only - a weird thing really - probably suitable as a sound track for a special sci-fi movie section.

'Dead Man In Space' is another nice improv effort from this highly acclaimed space rockers - good, however not that challenging like some other productions. That said I for one would prefer 'The Black Tomato' or 'It's All About Delay' sessions, when it comes to the point to name some extraordinary ORESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE recommendations.

Rivertree | 3/5 |


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