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SLEEPING WITH THE SUNWORM

ěresund Space Collective

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

2.99 | 8 ratings

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Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Sleeping With The Sunworm' - Oresund Space Collective (5/10)

Most bands that catch my attention usually do so for the quality of their music. Realistically however, that's not the only thing that could intrigue me. Oresund Space Collective first piqued my curiosity by the sheer amount of output they record. Although they have not been together for a great deal of time, this band already has a sizeable discography to work with, and releasing a few albums each year, it does not look like they are going to lose their pace any time soon. Sadly, this quantity comes at the sacrifice of musical depth. Although their final 2011 album 'Sleeping With The Sunworm' demonstrates some relaxed chemistry between the band members, the loosely improvised nature of this mega-jam is light on dynamic, tension, or really anything that would have me coming back for second helpings.

'Sleeping With The Sunworm' is essentially a single, album-length composition, split into three parts. Although there are not themes or recurring melodies to tie everything together, the music throughout each track sticks to such a narrow wavelength that any of the ideas here could be interchangeable with either of the other tracks. Being 'narrow' is not necessarily a bad thing; Oresund Space Collective have latched onto a sound they are very proficient with, and exploit every nook of it without being distracted by other angles. In this band's case, the music leans toward instrumental, laid-back space rock. There is a thick keyboard presence here, embellishing the atmosphere and adding a pleasant layer of ear candy. The most impressive element of the band are the guitar textures, however. Although 'Sleeping With The Sunworm' is rife with your typical space rock soloing, the guitars light up in the more rhythmic sections, where patient ideas are left to boil in a post-rock kettle. These ideas are usually very minimalistic, and gradually develop with the longwinded flow of the band. As interesting as a few of these ideas are however, I don't think it's enough to pull Oresund's work on 'Sunworm' into a place that I could actively recommend to another listener. Oresund Space Collective are a professional and capable group of musicians, but their approach to the space rock style conjures impressions of a blindfolded artist rushing at a canvas; although something interesting will come out once in a while, the lack of intention and focus costs the art a lot of its potential.

Conor Fynes | 3/5 |

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