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Topic: The New Wave of Space Rock
Posted By: LostWaxMuseum
Subject: The New Wave of Space Rock
Date 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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Posted By: Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Date Posted: February 22 2014 at 11:12
Hey there Museum! How about the Oresund Space Collective?

http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2642" rel="nofollow - 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!


Posted By: Meltdowner
Date Posted: February 22 2014 at 12:21
The first two albums of Airbag ( http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=4965" rel="nofollow - http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=4965 ) and Torga Ostera ( http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=7705" rel="nofollow - http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=7705 ) for example.


Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: February 22 2014 at 12:49
Hi,
 
Added to the listening cue!


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Posted By: tszirmay
Date Posted: February 22 2014 at 13:02
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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Posted By: Guldbamsen
Date Posted: February 22 2014 at 13:04
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 
Have fun and Smoke if you got em.




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Posted By: Mellotron Storm
Date Posted: February 22 2014 at 13:52
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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Posted By: LostWaxMuseum
Date Posted: February 22 2014 at 13:54
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" rel="nofollow - 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!


Posted By: Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Date Posted: February 22 2014 at 14:04
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" rel="nofollow - 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" rel="nofollow - http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=38259


Posted By: Toaster Mantis
Date Posted: February 22 2014 at 14:14
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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Posted By: fusionfreak
Date Posted: February 23 2014 at 12:10
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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Posted By: LostWaxMuseum
Date Posted: February 23 2014 at 13:07
I'm digging all the recommendations.


Posted By: Toaster Mantis
Date Posted: February 24 2014 at 04:40
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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Posted By: Jzrk
Date Posted: February 24 2014 at 10:50
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.


Posted By: gr8dane
Date Posted: February 28 2014 at 18:36
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.

Love BabyWoo and Spids Nogenhat.
You like Elevatorfoerer ?


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Posted By: Toaster Mantis
Date Posted: March 01 2014 at 02:10
Haven't heard them yet actually.

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Posted By: LostWaxMuseum
Date Posted: March 02 2014 at 11:22
Anybody here into Moon Duo or Psychic Ills? Very psychedelic.


Posted By: dr wu23
Date Posted: March 02 2014 at 11:55
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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Posted By: LostWaxMuseum
Date Posted: March 02 2014 at 12:37
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. 


Posted By: Polymorphia
Date Posted: March 02 2014 at 17:28
And no mention of Spacemen 3 or Spiritualized?



Posted By: LostWaxMuseum
Date Posted: March 02 2014 at 18:52
Originally posted by Polymorphia Polymorphia wrote:

And no mention of Spacemen 3 or Spiritualized?


You're absolutely right. I also forgot about Galaxie 500, Chrome and Helios Creed until now. 


Posted By: TheH
Date Posted: March 03 2014 at 10:48
Rovo feat. Steve Hillage



Also check these out
35007 (type that into a calculator and turn it around)
Monomyth
Pyramidal


Posted By: TheH
Date Posted: March 03 2014 at 12:32
Zone Six



Posted By: Toaster Mantis
Date Posted: March 03 2014 at 12:32
Originally posted by TheH TheH wrote:

Zone Six



fixed


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Posted By: LostWaxMuseum
Date Posted: March 03 2014 at 15:44
Is there such a thing as "space rock in opposition"?


Posted By: King Crimson776
Date Posted: March 06 2014 at 16:38
^ Dreadnaught? ... Not really though

Ozric Tentacles of course, if you haven't. Siddhartha (Turkey) is excellent too. Henry Fool is one of my favorite recent groups period. Kenny Mitchell is a recent find, very tasteful. Violeta de Outono (2012 album is amazing), Kosmos (Canada), Hidria Spacefolk


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Posted By: LostWaxMuseum
Date Posted: March 07 2014 at 10:26
I do like Kosmos. I'm also a fan of their drummer's other band, Voivod. They're more metal, but sci-fi concept metal. Very original. 


Posted By: LostWaxMuseum
Date Posted: March 07 2014 at 10:26
Anybody like Evpatoria Report?


Posted By: Guldbamsen
Date Posted: March 07 2014 at 10:33
Never heard of em before tbhEmbarrassed 
I looked them up though, and the tag says post-rock. Now I'm not that persuaded by stickers - they can stand for a lot of silly things - so what makes them psych/space rock to your ears?


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Posted By: Guldbamsen
Date Posted: March 07 2014 at 10:43
One of my current favourites is My Brother the Wind. These cats are the shizzle! Their second album 'I wash my Soul in the Stream of Infinity' is a brilliant slice of modern space rock. 
Here's a link to the album:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKl92SFnbuA" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKl92SFnbuA

Nice artwork as well:


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Posted By: LostWaxMuseum
Date Posted: March 07 2014 at 13:10
Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

Never heard of em before tbhEmbarrassed 
I looked them up though, and the tag says post-rock. Now I'm not that persuaded by stickers - they can stand for a lot of silly things - so what makes them psych/space rock to your ears?

I guess they're called post-rock because they are instrumental and their songs are about 10 minutes or more. I do like a lot of post-rock, but I don't see too much similarity between Tortoise and Sigur Ros other than epic instrumentals. Post-rock, like space rock or prog rock, is not a specific sound or style. 
With Evpatoria Report there's definitely a cosmic theme. They're named after a facility in Ukraine that sends out space signals. One of their songs is called "Cosmic Call". They have a very spacey, echoey sound. Like the tones ring on for infinity drifting further and further away. My Brother the Wind has a similar sonic quality. Maybe a little mellower, but I' m definitely digging it. 


Posted By: LostWaxMuseum
Date Posted: March 07 2014 at 14:11
Originally posted by TheH TheH wrote:

Zone Six


This might be my favorite discovery from this thread!


Posted By: Guldbamsen
Date Posted: March 07 2014 at 14:16
Originally posted by LostWaxMuseum LostWaxMuseum wrote:

Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

Never heard of em before tbhEmbarrassed 
I looked them up though, and the tag says post-rock. Now I'm not that persuaded by stickers - they can stand for a lot of silly things - so what makes them psych/space rock to your ears?

I guess they're called post-rock because they are instrumental and their songs are about 10 minutes or more. I do like a lot of post-rock, but I don't see too much similarity between Tortoise and Sigur Ros other than epic instrumentals. Post-rock, like space rock or prog rock, is not a specific sound or style. 
With Evpatoria Report there's definitely a cosmic theme. They're named after a facility in Ukraine that sends out space signals. One of their songs is called "Cosmic Call". They have a very spacey, echoey sound. Like the tones ring on for infinity drifting further and further away. My Brother the Wind has a similar sonic quality. Maybe a little mellower, but I' m definitely digging it. 


Thanks for the explanationSmile I can definitely relate to your description of tones that seem to ring on for infinity. I may have to check this one out!


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Posted By: omnichord
Date Posted: March 07 2014 at 17:17
yes, Spiritualized MUST be mentioned, especially "Ladies and Gentlemen..."

I just saw them perform this whole album with a 6 piece string section, 6 piece horn section, and 7 piece gospel choir. Add to that the keys, bass, drummer, orchestral percussion AND 3 guitarists....it was mind blowing.


Posted By: PhideauxFan
Date Posted: March 09 2014 at 01:55
In "modern" space-rock, I really like these bands: Hidria Spacefolk, Taipuva Luotisuora, Moonwagon and Quantum Fantay. Smile


Posted By: TheH
Date Posted: March 09 2014 at 10:30
Some really good ones:







Posted By: LostWaxMuseum
Date Posted: March 16 2014 at 10:10
If anyone's interested in non-rock space music, I would recommend Dr. Fiorella Terenzi. She's an astrophysicist who has made music out of radio waves and microwaves from space converted into sound waves. Also, Roderick Kettlewell has an album called "Bach and the Winds of Mars" (or something to that effect). There are also a few radio shows that play material like this called "Hearts of Space" and "Echoes". They are syndicated on different stations, but I'm sure they can be found online or through TuneIn. They're both kind of new agey, but in a good way.


Posted By: Toaster Mantis
Date Posted: March 16 2014 at 10:42
I also get a spacy vibe from much of Stars of the Lid's output, extremely minimalistic neoclassical ambient which nonetheless has a strong sense of forwards momentum and uses a varied set of instrumentation. Not to mention Biosphere's Patashnik which is a concept album themed around the Soviet space program, and perhaps more accessible as far as electronic ambient goes. The same project's Autour de la Lune is also themed around Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon.


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Posted By: sean
Date Posted: March 19 2014 at 12:10
I'd second the recommendation on Moonwagon.

I'd also highly recommend the Cosmic Dead, particularly this album:

http://thecosmicdead.bandcamp.com/album/the-exalted-king" rel="nofollow - http://thecosmicdead.bandcamp.com/album/the-exalted-king


Posted By: LostWaxMuseum
Date Posted: March 19 2014 at 19:35
Another band I forgot to mention sooner is Subarachnoid Space. They're not around anymore, but they were doing hard, psychedelic space rock in the 90s. Also, Flying Saucer Attack are kind of a blend of shoegaze & space rock.



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