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Album of the Day: West, Space & Love – Vol. II

Posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: A few years ago, in the always-curious and amorphous orbit of Denmark’s Øresund Space Collective there appeared lifesigns from an entity known as West, Space & Love. Further investigation revealed an album of improvised, richly organic space rock, pared down from some of the expansive jamming for which ØSC are known in favor of a naturalist experimentation. The record was called simply West, Space & Love (streamed here), and like any good science fiction tale, it easily warranted a sequel.

West, Space & Love Vol. II brings back the trio of percussionist Billy “Love” Forsberg and sitarist KG Westman — currently and formerly of Sweden’s Siena Root, respectively — and renowned synth specialist Scott “Dr. Space” Heller of the aforementioned Øresund Space Collective for seven tracks / 44 minutes recorded last December in Stockholm, expanding the scope somewhat from the first outing by bringing in guests on violin (credited to Jonathan), delay pedal (credited to Mathias) and santoor (credited to Moa) to go along with the host of instruments handled by Westman, Forsberg and Heller themselves, be it sitar, Hammond, double-neck guitar, bass, cajon, ki-gonki, qaraqab, spring drum, cuica, Roland SH1000, Korg or Dr. Space‘s own custom-made analog synth.

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Despite this varied palette, Vol. II of the West, Space & Love saga flows together easily, and held mostly true to the first album’s ethic of recording live to analog equipment, having done basic tracks in two days with minimal, also-live overdubs following, in order to preserve as organic a feel as possible. Those efforts are audible in nearly every stretch of the record, which arranges its two sides longest to shortest (immediate points) and offers maximum immersion across the board.

Well, maybe not entirely across the board. I won’t say much for the experiment ‘Pig in Space’ which ends side A by overstaying its welcome at 2:30, but clearly the trio were having a good time while making it. That parrot-in-CitizenKane-esque jarring moment aside, West, Space & Love sets a tone early of blending the earthly and the cosmic and holds to it for the duration, beginning with 11-minute opener ‘Floyd’s Dream’. Of course, the title is referencing Pink Floyd and Tangerine Dream, and the gracefully unfolding progressive guitar, electronic beats and space-drone that ensue reinforce that meld.

Continue reading: The Obelisk – Review: West, Space & Love, Vol. II: Building a Franchise
Courtesy of JJ Koczan / The Obelisk

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Album of the Day: Earthless / Harsh Toke – Split

Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Whoever first had the idea to pair up Earthless and Harsh Toke for a split full-length, he or she was correct. Hardly the deepest critical insight I’ve ever had, but there it is. The San Diego longform heavy psychedelic rockers team exceedingly well on the […]

Weirdo Canyon Dispatch 2016 – Sunday Issue Now Available!

Posted on Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Here is the fourth and final issue of 2016’s Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, the Roadburn Festival daily ‘zine! Today features a review of yesterday’s festivities by José Carlos Santos, Andreas Kohl takes a look at the making of the Roadburn sound, along with a 2017 wishlist of bands that staff want to […]

Weirdo Canyon Dispatch 2016 – Saturday Issue Now Available!

Posted on Saturday, April 16th, 2016

Here is the third issue of 2016’s Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, the Roadburn Festival daily ‘zine! Today features a review of yesterday’s festivities by Alex Mysteerie along with features on the Extase venue, new contributor Ben Handelman talks about his excitment of going to his first Roadburn, while seasoned veteran José […]

Weirdo Canyon Dispatch 2016 – Friday Issue Now Available!

Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2016

Here is the second issue of 2016’s Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, the Roadburn Festival daily ‘zine! Today’s issue features a review of yesterday by Sander van den Driesche a feature on Lee Dorrian‘s Rituals For The Blind Dead, a look at the Side Programme, picks for today’s must-see acts at the second […]

Weirdo Canyon Dispatch 2016 – Thursday Issue Now Available!

Posted on Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Here is the first issue of 2016’s Weirdo Canyon Dispatch, the Roadburn Festival daily ‘zine! Today’s issue features a review of last night’s Hardrock Hideout by Jamie Ludwig with Jucifer, The Skull and Bang, a feature on the new look 013 Venue after its recent refurbishment, picks for today’s must-see […]

Album of the day: Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – The Night Creeper

Posted on Friday, September 4th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Looking at the ascendancy of the UK’s Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats (often stylized with a lowercase ‘d’ on the last word) over the last half-decade is like staring into the abyss of our own worst impulses, and it seems unlikely the band would have […]

Album of the Day: Carousel – 2113

Posted on Monday, August 31st, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Don’t let its minimalist cover fool you, Carousel‘s 2113 is brimming with life. The Pittsburgh four-piece’s second offering through Tee Pee Records after a raucous debut two years ago with Jeweler’s Daughter, the nine-song /4 6-minute collection also marks the arrival of guitarist Matt Goldsborough, who doubles in labelmates The […]

Album of the day: High on Fire – Luminiferous

Posted on Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It is a fun coincidence of timing that High on Fire‘s seventh album, Luminiferous (released by eOne Metal), should arrive — a summer blockbuster in its own right — just one month after George Miller‘s film Mad Max: Fury Road, since the two works would […]

Album of the Day: Weedeater – Goliathan

Posted on Friday, June 5th, 2015

Lovinly pinched from The Obelisk: For those who would be inclined to do so, there are really two ways to take on listening to Weedeater at this stage in their career. One can take a record like the 10-track / 34-minute Goliathan, the fifth full-length of their 17-year tenure, first for […]