Posts Tagged ‘psychedelica’

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 Tee Pee Records with a bright, vital blend of heavy psychedelic and space rock lent further shoegazy ethereality by the languid vocals of guitarist Chad Ross.

Comet Control - Center of the Maze

Ross, joined in the band by guitarist Andrew Moszynski, bassist Nicole Howell, drummer Jay Anderson and keyboardist Christopher Sandes, is responsible in no small part for that serene impression, and after full impulse power of songs like opener ‘Dig out Your Head’ and ‘Criminal Mystic’ is disengaged and Comet Control set themselves to the relative drift of closing duo ‘Sick in Space’ and ‘Artificial Light’ — which between them comprise 18 of the record’s total 45-minute runtime — the vocals become another part of the lush and consuming arrangements that offer warmth as much as hypnotism.

Although Center of the Maze ultimately finds Ross and Moszynski pushing farther away from their work with prior outfit Quest for Fire (they were also in The Deadly Snakes), the songcraft and depth of mix in these eight tracks speaks to some measure of continuity between the two projects. Still, there’s little question that Comet Control have set themselves to the task of finding their own personality apart from what their members have done before, and that shows itself in dividends from one end of the LP to the other.

The sense of journey along the way isn’t to be understated. At their starting point in ‘Dig out Your Head’, Comet Control dive and weave and space-rock-stomp through what serves as an immediate hook on which they continue to build as they go forward into other early cuts like the more shuffling ‘Darkness Moves’, with some highlight snare work from Anderson, and the more folkish ‘Silver Spade’, which calls to mind Revolver-era The Beatles without aping them either in melody or structure.

That in itself is an accomplishment worthy of note, acoustics leading as Mellotron-style keys add melodic flourish and brighten the atmosphere. They seem to be setting up a solo freakout like that which ‘Darkness Moves’ undertakes in its solo section, but keep it smooth as ‘Silver Spade’ heads into the tambourine-laden shoegaze of ‘The Hive.’

Continue reading: THE OBELISK – REVIEW &: Comet Control, Center of the Maze
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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 […]

Album of the Day: The Heads – Everyone Knows That We Got Nowhere

Posted on Monday, August 18th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: I shit you not, you goggle-eyed loons, but Bristol’s legendary (yet strangely unsung) psych-heroes The Heads are possibly the definitive uber-cult stoner-psych band of the late 20th/ early 21st century. I have a hunch that possibly the majority of people reading this review have […]

Album of the Day: Lorelle Meets the Obsolete – Chambers

Posted on Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Praise for Lorelle Meets The Obsolete‘s Chambers from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: The return of this aQ beloved Mexican fuzzed out, druggy, dreamy garage rock duo, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, made up of, if you hadn’t guessed already, Lorelle, who plays guitar, organ and sings, and her partner The Obsolete, […]

Album of the Day: Sleepy Sun – Maui Tears

Posted on Monday, February 24th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from Spectrum Culture: Too many neo-psychedelic bands mistake freeform anarchy for true psychedelia, thinking that a confused and disoriented listener is functionally equivalent to one who’s been transported. Others assume that they can alchemically transform formulaic progressions into gold if they wrap them in enough distortion and echo. […]

Album of the Day: The Cosmic Dead – EasterFaust

Posted on Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: The first time I ever saw The Cosmic Dead live, they were playing a double set at Mono, a vegan cafe / awesome record store nestled in a remote corner of Glasgow’s Merchant City. As I was walking to the venue, I heard a […]

Album of the Day: The Warlocks – Skull Worship

Posted on Monday, January 20th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: People always remark at the frequency of the word ‘legend’ in modern conversation. A legend is a mate that held down more pints than you at the Brew Dog. A legend is a mate that throws himself around like a rag doll at a […]

Album of the Day: Yuri Gagarin – S/T

Posted on Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Yuri Gagarin, according to all non-Biblical, non-religious sources, was the first human to enter space. He died in 1968. Now if you take 1968 as a year in music, you have iconic releases by Silver Apples & The Velvet Underground, two releases apiece by […]

Album of the Day: Kikagaku Moyo – Kikagaku Moyo

Posted on Monday, December 9th, 2013

Praise for Kikagaku Moyo‘ S/T from Norman Records UK: Here’s some proper old school psychedelic rock from Japan’s Kikagaku Moyo. I had this and the new Seven That Spells LP to choose from – that one has a nude lady on the front, this one says “FUCK RACISM!” on the […]

Album of the Day: Mammatus – Heady Mental

Posted on Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Praise for Mammatus‘ Heady Mental from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Heavy Santa Cruz psychonauts Mammatus have always been big faves here at aQ. But good grief, has it really been six years since their previous platter The Coast Explodes?? Well we guess time flies (or, actually, doesn’t) when you’re way […]