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    Posted: February 22 2014 at 11:06
Is anyone familiar with the current crop of bands playing space rock since the 90s? It's unrelated to Hawkwind, but echoes of Pink Floyd can be heard on "Fantastic Planet" by the recently reunited Failure. The Life & Times also exhibit a Floyd influence. I would include Hum, National Skyline and Vast Robot Armies on this list and I am seeking more bands along these lines.
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Hey there Museum! How about the Oresund Space Collective?

http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2642

Their albums are totally improvised, a mix of late 60's/early 70's Floyd, the Ozric Tentacles, frequently blusier and heavy as well. They put out several releases a year, usually a mix of vinyl and CD's.

They frequently put up free downloads of their lengthy concerts on the Archive.org website too.

I've yet to hear a bad album from them!
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The first two albums of Airbag (http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=4965) and Torga Ostera (http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=7705) for example.
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Finland's Moonwagon is tremendous as well as Belgium's Quantum Fantay. Throw in Mantric Muse from Denmark, D Sound and Colorstar (the older stuff) from Hungary, Italy's Mappe Nootiche, Sweden's My Brother the Wind . 

But my faves are 2013's  Jet Black Sea , a stunning debut album as well as the s/t album from Sunscape (1999). 
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I would definitely not call Airbag space rock. They sound a lot like Floyd and Porcupine sure, but they never get as spacey and as psychedelic.

Modern space rock you say?`

Electric Orange from Germany:


Vespero from Russia:


Papir from Denmark:


Another one from Denmark, Causa Sui:


I have tons more of recs, but I'll stop at this. Suffice to say, this is right up my alleyCool 
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Originally posted by tszirmay tszirmay wrote:

Finland's Moonwagon is tremendous as well as Belgium's Quantum Fantay. Throw in Mantric Muse from Denmark, D Sound and Colorstar (the older stuff) from Hungary, Italy's Mappe Nootiche, Sweden's My Brother the Wind . 

But my faves are 2013's  Jet Black Sea , a stunning debut album as well as the s/t album from Sunscape (1999). 
 
Quantum Fantay is a band I keep meaning to check out.
 
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Originally posted by Aussie-Byrd-Brother Aussie-Byrd-Brother wrote:

Hey there Museum! How about the Oresund Space Collective?

http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2642

Their albums are totally improvised, a mix of late 60's/early 70's Floyd, the Ozric Tentacles, frequently blusier and heavy as well. They put out several releases a year, usually a mix of vinyl and CD's.

They frequently put up free downloads of their lengthy concerts on the Archive.org website too.

I've yet to hear a bad album from them!


Just checked them out. Good stuff! Thanks for the recommendation!
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Originally posted by LostWaxMuseum LostWaxMuseum wrote:

Originally posted by Aussie-Byrd-Brother Aussie-Byrd-Brother wrote:

Hey there Museum! How about the Oresund Space Collective?

http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2642

Their albums are totally improvised, a mix of late 60's/early 70's Floyd, the Ozric Tentacles, frequently blusier and heavy as well. They put out several releases a year, usually a mix of vinyl and CD's.

They frequently put up free downloads of their lengthy concerts on the Archive.org website too.

I've yet to hear a bad album from them!


Just checked them out. Good stuff! Thanks for the recommendation!

No problem, Mr Museum! They've also got a more sedate, spiritual one called `West, Space and Love' that's quite different to their other ones, that's a particular favourite of mine! Lots of sitar, droning atmospheres!

http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=38259
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I saw Papir live last week, for free as part of a street art festival in Copenhagen. Best music discovery of the new year so far. Amazing how many of the bands involved in this new wave happen to come from here... see also Baby Woodrose, Dragontears, Spids Nøgenhat and the entire surrounding scene.
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Originally posted by Toaster Mantis Toaster Mantis wrote:

I saw Papir live last week, for free as part of a street art festival in Copenhagen. Best music discovery of the new year so far. Amazing how many of the bands involved in this new wave happen to come from here... see also Baby Woodrose, Dragontears, Spids Nøgenhat and the entire surrounding scene.
I'm about to see Papir on stage at the Roadburn festival in april.I'm quite excited about it.Nik Turner is quite old but his latest output i.e Space Gypsy is very good.Not groundbreaking but worth many spins.Monster Magnet's Last Patrol has some merits too.
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I'm digging all the recommendations.
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Also, if you like Causa Sui and Papir then Colour Haze are a mandatory listen. Their sound is rooted in the Amon Düül II/Guru Guru variety of Kosmische Musik, just filtered through the aesthetic of Fu Manchu/Kyuss-type "desert rock". They've also got some of the best instrumental interplay I've ever heard, and are absolutely fantastic at expanding from their inspirations into something ambitious and unique.






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I am new to the more modern bands of this genre.I really like Ozric and OSC.Have to do some more listening and thanks for all the ideas from everyone here.
There was a band called Passport back in the 70's that I would call jazz rock space fusion.Has all p the spacey atmosphere with keyboards and sax being the main featured instruments.There are reviews of them in this site.But if you get a chance and can find any streaming of them online it may be worth checking out.Cross Collateral and Infinity Machine would be a good place to start.
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Originally posted by Toaster Mantis Toaster Mantis wrote:

I saw Papir live last week, for free as part of a street art festival in Copenhagen. Best music discovery of the new year so far. Amazing how many of the bands involved in this new wave happen to come from here... see also Baby Woodrose, Dragontears, Spids Nøgenhat and the entire surrounding scene.

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Haven't heard them yet actually.
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Anybody here into Moon Duo or Psychic Ills? Very psychedelic.
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Not sure what the difference is between psych space rock and just space rock but I have been playing Hypnos 69 , Causa Sui , and Samsara Blues Exp lately.
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Originally posted by dr wu23 dr wu23 wrote:

Not sure what the difference is between psych space rock and just space rock but I have been playing Hypnos 69 , Causa Sui , and Samsara Blues Exp lately.

Most of the time they are the same, but some bands are space rock in the sense that they use themes of space and space travel (like Failure, Hum, Life & Times), but are not retro or psychedelic in the traditional sense. Space is also an aspect of the production style. Reverb and delay that seems to make those shimmering echoes go on forever. Swervedriver kind of straddle both styles along with shoegazing noise-pop in their sound. 
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And no mention of Spacemen 3 or Spiritualized?

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