Posts Tagged ‘JJ Koczan’

Album of the Day: Causa Sui – Return To Sky

Posted on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It may be in part because it’s so steadfastly instrumental that Danish four-piece Causa Sui‘s output hits with such an evocative effect on the listener.

The material, as on Return to Sky, the band’s latest and upwards of ninth full-length, depending on what you count — minus jam sessions, live outings and collaborations, it’s number four — is wide open and vehement in its will for exploration, clearly plotted but sounding off the cuff and based heavily on the organically-presented chemistry between drummer Jakob Skøtt, guitarist Jonas Munk, keyboardist Rasmus Rasmussen and bassist Jess Kahr that has only developed further since the band’s last long-player, 2013’s stunning Euporie Tide, as their subsequent offerings, 2014’s Live at Freak Valley and Pewt’r Sessions 3, also showed.

Causa Sui - Return To Sky

That may be thanks partially to the chances taken on solo records by Skøtt and Munk over the last several years, but either way, they’re clearly a stronger band since they started to release through their El Paraiso Records imprint, through which Return to Sky now surfaces and which has become since its start circa 2011 a home for deeply creative and naturalist progressive psychedelia.

As their own staple act, Causa Sui flourish across the collected five tracks / 45 minutes, which arrive in packaging that has become El Paraiso‘s signature style as an unassuming LP the breadth of which isn’t to be understated, sandwiching between an extended (over 10 minutes) opener and closer some of Causa Sui‘s most resonant studio work to date, and some of the most spacious.

Even down to Skøtt‘s snare drum on ‘The Source’ or the preceding opener ‘Dust Meridian’, Return to Sky establishes a wide-open sphere, and yeah, maybe because there’s so much room it’s so satisfying to get lost in its progression.

Continue reading: The Obelisk Review: Causa Sui, Return to Sky
(Courtesy of JJ Koczan / The Obelisk)

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Album of the Day 16 – Lifespan of a Moth

Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: It’s now been nearly a decade since Los Angeles sludge metallers 16 — aka -(16)- — were reactivated. In that time, they’ve toured the US and Europe, reissued early material via Relapse Records, which seems to have been the home they were looking for all […]

Album of the Day: Comet Control – Center of the Maze

Posted on Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Though it spends much of its time engaged in a garage-in-space push, the prevailing vibe on Comet Control‘s second album, Center of the Maze, is still one of serenity. The Toronto five-piece’s sophomore release follows their 2013 self-titled, and like that debut it arrives via […]

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 […]

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 […]