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Cosmic Trip Machine - The Woman Who Took A Flying Leap Over the Fence - (with oG) CD (album) cover


Cosmic Trip Machine


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.91 | 4 ratings

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Eetu Pellonpaa
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4 stars This schizophrenic double vinyl confused me first quite much; Is it an artistic solution or cheap market trick to release two separate though different mix downs of a nearly same album? After longer consideration and several returns to the enigmatic theme record I started to buy the idea of presenting this end result of oG's and Cosmic Trip Machine's fellows recording sessions. Belgian musician oG helped the band to finish their earlier "The Curse of Lord Space Devil", which yet felt slightly incoherent though promising to my ears. Now the elements from general idioms of psychedelic music have matured to more solid tonal texture, and wholeness borne from shorter songs, reminding slightly early Pink Floyd and The Doors, are unified with longer and more ethereal spaced out sound apparitions. The two vinyls have quite much same songs, but their playing orders are different, along with nuances in edits and mixing solutions. The story goes that after recording the original Cosmic Trip Band members and oG didn't reach consensus how to finish the achieved studio recordings, and after their separation both were used to this mysterious record. I think the vivid artworks on the psychedelic gatefold sleeve picture this concept quite well; two quite similar but still different beautiful entities leap away from each other. The vinyl version has also quite extensive inner sleeve texts about the musicians and their straits, plus CD versions for more casual listening at the car, office or such.

I really hope this kind of production solutions would not become a fashionable standard, and that the musicians could settle their arguments for more unified artistic achievements, but I admit there is special charm in this weird outcome. I'll leave the consideration of its justification for anybody considering the purchase, and personally found surreal method for choosing randomly the disc from coin spin's head or tails result. Actually I was so convinced by these illusions, that after obtaining free promotional copies of the album, I spent my hard earned money for the actual album from the local LP dealer. The leap from previous records was certainly towards both better and weirder directions, and I also found the marketing slogan "find out which one of them is better" as false approach from my own perspective; In spite of the duality and split between the musicians, this unclear source of beautiful psych beats radiating from either disc through edge of vinyl player's stylus as a singular force for me.

Eetu Pellonpaa | 4/5 |


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