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OUR SOLAR SYSTEM

Krautrock • Sweden


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Our Solar System is a musical collective that continues to evolve. Comprised of musicians from other psychedelic, jazzy and experimental bands such as Dungen, Life On Earth!, The Amazing, Promise and the Monster, Lisa O Piu, Me and My Kites, Siri Karlsson, AnnaMy, Vox Vulgaris and the likes the listener will be transported into a Scandinavian concoction of laissez faire instrumentation and music that straddles the fence of fusion and Krautrock.
Much like Sweden's recent jazz epiphany Fire! Orchestra, Our Solar System seems to have latched onto the big band stylings of old recalling Sun Ra at his most larval and psychedelic.

Our Solar System effectively works without a designated leader, but moreover moves where the music wants to go. It's a kosmische thang and one they also happen to convey quite brilliantly during live shows dressed up as druids in ornamental clothing and the proper psychedelic aura accompanying such madness.

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3.19 | 8 ratings
In Time
2016
3.95 | 3 ratings
Origins
2018

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Vårt Solsystem
2013

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 Origins by OUR SOLAR SYSTEM album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.95 | 3 ratings

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Our Solar System Krautrock

Review by BrufordFreak
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4 stars Pyschedelia bordering on Kosmische Musik from this young, rather large Swedish ensemble . . . or is it Kosmische Musik bordering on psychedelia. Anyway, it's like a cross between BRAINTICKET and AMUN DüüL, or MIDDAY VEIL and ELECTRIC ORANGE.

1. "Vulkanen" (20:57) opens with lots of layers of deep, apocalyptic thrums and hums before drums and bass anchor it into a song-like flow. Tons of sonic experimentals thrown in while chain saw guitar and horn synth keep it moving forward. Brief slowdown, sounddown in the fifth minute is followed by a renewed commitment to the established groove with more experimental sounds thrown in over the drums, bass, keys, and guitars. This reminds me of music like Kosmische revivalists ELECTRIC ORANGE/COSMIC GROUND/Dirk Jan Müller. In the eighth minute there is another downstripping leaving only saws and howling wolves. This relative quietude continues for several BRIAN-ENO-esque Ambient Music minutes while piano and guitar, synths and percussives, bass and voices make small contributions to a rather minimalistic rhythm and soundscape. In the twelfth minute organ and synth begin making more prominent contributions. This is then followed by flutes, female voices, and slowly picked guitars taking over as the predominant instruments. By the time the fourteenth minute has passed, this is all of the sound being created. Eventually, ever-so delicately, organ, tuned percussion, synth, bass, begin to make themselves known. A very GENESIS-like flute melody begins at the 15-minute mark--just before a chaotic "explosion" of cacophonous sound breaks out. Bass, drums and a few other support instruments begin laying down another hypnotic Kosmische weave as the cacophonous contributions of myriad others continues to fill the post-Big Bang soundscape. Heavily distorted voice begins narrating a volcanic picture of what's going on. I've got to admit: This is a pretty cool song--one that took me on a pretty engaging and entertaining journey. (45/50)

2. "Babalon Rising" (5:55) plays out like a BRAINTICKET or MIDDAY VEIL song--especially due to the two vocal styles used by the female vocalist(s). Nice treated piano and sax play in the second half. (8.75/10)

3. "En Bit Av Det Tredje Klotet" (3:42) with its synths and driving rhythm groove, this one sounds very much like a song by L.A. psych band PERPLEXA. Mostly a setup for synth experimentation over Kosmische groove. (8.5/10)

4. "Naturligt Samspel" (2:56) hypnotic, sedating acoustic percussives with bird tweets. (4/5)

5. "Monte Verita" (8:21) a Kosmische jam that builds very slowly over a single bass riff and some percussives and rapidly oscillating organ chords. Heavily effected track of vocal choir enters at the four minute mark followed by horns. Single voices gradually begin to be added to the weave with their own individualistic contributions as rolling bass, guitars, and more subtle instruments are also added. The vocals become extra-trippy for the final minute. (8.25/10)

4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of Kosmische-oriented progressive rock music.

 In Time by OUR SOLAR SYSTEM album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.19 | 8 ratings

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Our Solar System Krautrock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars OUR SOLAR SYSTEM are an interesting Psychedelic band out of Sweden. I must admit I was shocked to see that there are 15 members in this band because after spinning it all last week it just didn't seem like it. Included among these musicians is THE AMAZING's Alex Benson who plays bass for Reine Fiske's band, and Mattias Gustavsson from DUNGEN who's adding synths and percussion here and he also helped mix this album. We get two side long tracks and what makes this a little different is the prominent clarinet and piano that pops up at times. We also get besides the usual "Rock" instruments violin, recorder, synths and flute. Love the album cover by the way.

"In The Beginning" opens with clarinet melodies with spacey sounds in the background. A fuller sound kicks in before 2 1/2 minutes. This is very spacey with a steady and catchy rhythm as various sounds come and go until the piano becomes fairly prominent. They seem to jam here until the flavour changes after 8 1/2 minutes as we get a more determined rhythm that becomes the sole focus. This is more intense and the piano continues. The clarinet kicks back in at 10 minutes blasting over top. The horn is dissonant 11 1/2 minutes in as the tempo picks up. It finally settles some before 15 1/2 minutes then it calms down even more a minute later before gradually winding down to the end.

"At The Edge Of Time" opens with spacey sounds as a catchy beat kicks in. Some female vocal melodies and guitar join in as they jam. She starts singing words 8 1/2 minutes in as the guitar steps aside briefly. The groove stops after 11 minutes as we get clarinet and spacey sounds taking over. The bass starts to pulse and soon that's all you here. The bass continues as spacey sounds and more wash in and out. It's building after 14 minutes but it levels out as they continue to jam with a beat and spacey sounds to the end.

This just hasn't clicked with me for some reason and the music doesn't suit the song titles either in my opinion. Still I'd be shocked if you Psychedelic fans didn't really enjoy this.

Thanks to sheavy for the artist addition.

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