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perjantai 13. syyskuuta 2019

Astral Visions Mixcloud Show #89 online!

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Sulfur (from S7T)
Acid Rooster
Can't Get There (from Can't Get There 12" EP)
Minami Deutsch
Suolaulu (from Suolaulu / Sininen 8")
Phil Mitchell'd (from Zero Fucks 10" EP)
Turn The Tide (from A Prayer for the Birds)
Crystal Jacqueline
The Sea (from NYX)
Shut Up and Drive (from For The Masses)
Ecstatic Vision
Tellus (from The Hägersten Sessions )
Svenska Psykvänner
SurRaelism (from The Ascended Master Teachings Of...)
Junzo Suzuki & Snakes Don't Belong In Alaska
VI.I (from VI)
Grinder (from Pi)
Nazca Space Fox
Jupiter Rising (from Blood and Wine)
Mars (from XX)
Defining Moments (from V/A: From A Distant Shore)
Internal Planet
The Psychedelic Warlords (Disappear In Smoke) - Live (from Hall Of The Mountain Grill Live)
Alan Davey's Psychedelic Warlords
Magnetic (from Always Already Here)
Jonas Munk & Nicklas Sørensen
In Between Times (from V/A: From A Distant Shore)
Us & Them

keskiviikko 28. elokuuta 2019

Hotlist July-August

Okay, here's the hottest stuff (top 10) from July and August:

Uffe Lorenzen ‎– Triprapport (finally received the LP!)
Minami Deutsch ‎– Can't Get There 12” picture EP
Junzo Suzuki And Snakes Dont Belong In Alaska ‎– The Ascended Master Teachings of
Vibravoid ‎– Timemazine Woman optic art 7”
Vibravoid ‎– World Of Pain 7"
Soft Hearted Scientists ‎– Please Read Me 7”
Sendelica ‎– Cromlech Chronicles IV: The Door Into Summer
Weltraum ‎– NYX
Svenska Psykvänner ‎– The Hägersten Sessions
Here Lies Man ‎– No Ground To Walk Upon


tiistai 27. elokuuta 2019

Weltraum - NYX

Tonzonen Records (TON 063)

This is the latest release by German impro/psych/space/kraut/experimental band Weltraum. The band celebrates their 20th birthday in this year. NYX is a double LP/CD live album recorded with a big lineup (featuring members of Knall, Space Invaders and Lava 303). It's also their best release so far with amazing, mind-expanding vibes and crystal clear sound! The LP is limited to 500 copies (300 on orange, 200 on black vinyl). The album was released last Friday and the vinyl version is almost sold-out already!

The first LP is filled with two 20-minute space jams: "Zychedelics" and "Spiral3". The first one is hypnotic, groovy and spacey stuff that really kicks in inside your head like its title suggests. I'm in instrumental psych heaven right away! Lots of spacey guitar, modular synths, bass and drums  included. "Spiral3" starts off in a rather ambient way and slowly grows with some percussion etc. It has a sort of jungle feel to it and begins to rock out heavier and really expand your mind later on... Wow! Side C has a couple of ten-minute-jams. "The Sea" begins with some ocean sounds and after the three-minute-marker it goes into a hypnotic, bit post-rock styled groove that then slowly cools down. "Drones" is perhaps the most krautrock styled piece but also very spaced-out and psychedelic. "(3908)" is pretty ambient and experimental at first, but later on it gets more intense and strange. The track I like the least but it is still very good! The four-minute "Styx" ends the album with peaceful, droney sounds. I got to say this album really makes me want to see this band live now since they are for sure up there with the best bands in improvised, instrumental and psychedelic space rock. Get this album right now so you won't miss out!

maanantai 12. elokuuta 2019

Red & The Hogweeds - Sweet Stuff EP

Self-released (RATHCD03)

This is a limited edition CD-R EP/mini album by a quartet from St Dogmaels in Pembrokeshire, Wales. In their original six songs they freely mix punk, post-punk, pop, reaggae, rock, disco and blues. This is apparently their third release and was recorded at the legendary Foel Studio (Hawkwind, Gong, Van Der Graaf Generator, Porcupine Tree, Ozric Tantacles etc.).

Especially the first track "Sonic Tonic" where they try to remember the halcyon daze of the 70s and 80s free festival scene where drugs were great and aplenty sounds pretty much like Here and Now. The spacey synth sounds are very nice to my ears and it's a good solid, almost space rock song with a nice chorus. "Backstreet Kid" is more punky rock number sort of bringing to mind Robert Calvert. Just guitar, bass, drums and vocals on this one, unfortunately. "Grind Our Bones" is a bit reggae inspired pop song that I don't particularly enjoy. On "A Message from Aliens" the vibe gets stranger and it also has some psychedelic effects etc. Sort of whacky, spacey reggae number, a bit like some of the Gong stuff. Cool, Theremin always works for me! "Sweet Violet" is a fast rock'n'roll blast and pretty okay at it, harmonica and all. "Bubble Car" is somekind of humour rock, maybe Nik Turner might have done it with Inner City Unit. Nothing special in my mind, though. All in all, this a varied, maybe even too so, EP that has its moments for spaceheads. It still might be better to see this band live at your local pub than at a psychedelic free festival, for example. I still like their spacier, more psychedelic vibe and it's obvious that the band had lots of fun recording this.

sunnuntai 11. elokuuta 2019

Sendelica/Secret Knowledge/The Orb - Windmill 12"

 Strange Fish ‎(Seventeen)

Okay, so here is the first 12" released by Fruits de Mer Records or its sister labels. It's also the first 12" by Sendelica, if you don't count the limited to 10 (ten!) lathe cut EP Disco Daze put out last year. Of course this is not a"pure" Sendelica release since there are four mixes of one single track and in addition to two mixes by Sendelica's Consterdine we've also got two mixes by The Orb! Is Fruits de Mer going electronic, ambient or even house or techno you might ask? Well, not exactly, thank The Great Sea Creature, but they seem to be widening the horizon a bit. The Secret Knowledge connection here is that the track is a tribute to Helen Donlon, the wife of their writer Rris Need, who died in 2018. Singer Wonder Schneider, who sang with Secret Knowledge 25 years earlier gave the track its title and poured her heart into it as well.

"Windmill" is one of those ambient, atmospheric slow and beautiful Sendelica tracks with jazzy female vocals and sax. I love the emotions it gives, it's a sort of praise to life, love and peace I guess. First, we get a Consterdine's Floyd Mix of the track and it indeed brings to mind Pink Floyd a lot. Not the early, but TDSOTM era and after that, which is still cool. Then Chocolate Orb Dubbed Mix is rather different and proves that Alex Paterson is still the master of ambient house. This version is ultra dreamy and hazy, I like it a lot. The vocals are replaced by some spoken word by the late Helen Donlon to a great affect. Consterdine's Original Mix sounds the most like Sendelica which of course it is... Simply beautiful and tranquil, an excellent job. Finally, Chocolate Orb Chilled Mix that also has parts of Helen's speech at a psychedelic drug conference drifts in aether like nothing you have ever heard. Trippy, uplifting and dreamy! There seem to be three different editions of this 12" beauty and at least the black version comes with a bonus CD Making of Windmill that I really would like to hear as well. Recommended!

keskiviikko 7. elokuuta 2019

Jack Ellister - When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease / Supernaut 7"

Fruits de Mer Records (crustacean 90)

Jack Ellister has gone on a long, adventurous journey since he left his original homeland Poland. He made some success in The Netherlands with his psychedelic rock band Yordan Orchestra ten years ago and that's when I first heard of him. I'm been following the man's career ever since and was lucky enough to include his solo live set in our Finnish version of The Fruits the Mer Records festival, Crabstock on Ice, in 2014, after a couple of 7" singles on the label. Since then he has relocated to the U.K. and released three full-lenght vinyl albums that are just great. He was recently voted as the Fruits de Mer Recors' favourite solo artist which is a great achievement!

Sadly I missed the ridiculously limited (just 30 copies!) "Magic Potion" 8" lathe-cut in 2017 but I made sure to order this new 7". I can't say that I'm that familiar with Roy Harper (I know I should...), but the A side cover from his HQ album track "When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease" sounds really nice performed by our dear Jack. It's a beautiful, moody piano ballad that suits Jack's voice very well. Now, I got to say I was a bit surpriced about the choise for B side: "Supernaut" by Black Sabbath! Sabbath just happens to be one of my personal favourites, and definitely the best heavy metal band in the world. Jack is not exactly known for his fondness of metal, but he proves here that he can be heavy as well. The song has more keyboards now and sounds a bit different, but the basic guitar riff is there with interesting drum patters. The vocals are done in a quite special way as well. As a die-hard Sabbath fan I must say that I approve and enjoy Jack's version! A brave move.

Soft Hearted Scientists - Please Read Me / Moths Mistook Us for the Moon 7"

Regal Crabomophone ‎(Winkle 38)

I have a soft spot for The Soft Hearted Scientists. It took a little time for me to really get into them. Their music is not usually really that overtly psychedelic and the songs are pretty simple, repetitive, catchy, even whimsical. After listening to their Fruits de Mer 2LP compilation What Ever Happened To The Soft Hearted Scientists (2013) for several times I finally fell in love with their vibe. The arrangements that first seemed simple and easy really opened up in my mind and I realized just how great, unique and effective this band was. I've been a fan ever since so it was really nice to hear the news of this new single after a few years hiatus!

On the A side we've got a perfect cover of The Bee Gees' "Please Read Me", originally released on their first album in 1967. This new version is luckily over one minute longer than the original since I could listen to this all day long... Just wonderful, full of harmony, warmth and vibe. Their original on the flip side, "Moths Mistook Us for the Moon", is a bit more melancholic, but beautiful, magical and laid-back journey into British (okay maybe Welsh) fairy tale world. I can hear some Pink Floyd etc. in there, sure, but it still has a definitive, very original Soft Hearted Scientists feel to it. This single really makes me want a full new album by the band... Fingers crossed!

torstai 11. heinäkuuta 2019

Pseudo Sun - Ozone Mantra


Swedish hard/space rock band Pseudo Sun is finally back in orbit! I had not heard anything from the band since the 2006 demo and I know Captain Juba (bass, vocals, synths etc., ex-Darxtar) has been busy with his other bands so I feared that was it. I've been a fan of this hard rocking trio since the 1997 debut album Future Memoirs, played with them in 1998 with my band Dark Sun, organized a gig for them in Helsinki and actually I'm also playing synths on their very limited live LP Live Ghosts along with Dr. Space /Scott Heller from Øresund Space Collective so the relationship is pretty close I would say... I still try to stay objective here!

I'm glad thet the original live lineup of Juba, Mats Jassa Singh (guitars) and Erca Lindesvärd (drums) is still intact. These guys have known each other for decades and play together really tightly. Ozone Mantra was recorded at Balans Studio and The Mental Institute and was engineered by Ulf Vestlund and Juba. The sound is now better than ever and even the vocals work really well this time. Well done guys! The 65-minute CD includes eight new tracks.  Like before, some of the tracks include long, spacey jam parts. Especially the 12-minute "Don't Repair Me" has an extended jam ending with tons of spacey Korg synth. Another example of extended jamming is the final piece "Lunar Phantasy". Most of the songs are heavy space rock blasts that really rock out but for example on the instrumental "Heliosheath" the band goes into mystical, dreamy soundscapes in the style of "Set the Controls..." by Pink Floyd. The organ is a nice extra touch here, great. "City of Dreams" is a nice, beautiful space ballad with some mandolin as well. It's hard to name one favourite track since I really like all of them but maybe the stand-out pieces are that and the Motörhead-styled (Lemmy is a big influence for Juba) "The New Breed". Mats is playing some amazing solo guitar all over and Erca and Juba play together so tight. All in all, this is absolutely the best release by Pseudo Sun and my only complaint is that this is not available on vinyl. It would make a great double album with a couple of extra tracks... Maybe on Space Rock Productions?

You might have some difficulties obtaining a copy of this heavy space rock masterpiece so your best bet at the moment is contacting the band by email: or through their Facebook page. Recommended!

keskiviikko 3. heinäkuuta 2019

Hotlist June

Hot summer discs last month (TOP 10) have been:

ØSC Meets BMC ‎– Freak Out In The Fjord
Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek ‎– Kar Yağar
White Manna ‎– Ape On Sunday
Hawkeyes ‎‎– Last Light Of Future Failure
Plastic Crimewave Syndicate ‎– Massacre Of The Celestials
Electric Moon / Terminal Cheesecake ‎– In Search Of Highs Volume Three
The Mushroom Project II - Keepers Of Castle Mound
Jacco Gardner ‎– Fading Cosmos 12”
Electric Moon ‎– Hugodelia
Twink - Think Pink IV: Return to Deep Space 


tiistai 25. kesäkuuta 2019

Astral Visions Mixcloud Show #88 online

Please enjoy the psychedelic sounds of my latest Mixcloud show with tracks by Alber Jupiter, Japanese Television, Twink, Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek, London Underground, Soft Hearted Scientists, Jack Ellister, Hawkeyes, Pseudo Sun, White Manna, Unimother 27, Plastic Crimewave Syndicate, Cosmic Fall, The Insektlife Cycle, Terminal Cheesecake, Electric Moon and Sendelica.

tiistai 18. kesäkuuta 2019

The Insektlife Cycle - Temple of the Soul


This is a brand new release by the instrumental psych rock quartet called The Insektlife Cycle from the Philippines. I first heard about them in 2015 when one of their tracks was used for Fruits de Mer's rare festival-only split single that I reviewed in here. Temple of the Soul includes four long jams edited from a two-and-a-half-hour improvisation session recorded live using a 4-track cassette recorder at the Sound Carpentry Studio in Pateros, Metro Manila, Philippines and sounds rather wonderful.

The almost ten-minute, mid-tempo "Unmentioned Motions" starts the album with a bit pop-like vibe in 3/4 time signature. The tempo speeds up later on as the band is on fire and gets wilder. "Sonic Sermons" is an over 14-minute jam that has a slower, bluesy touch. This is a bit weirder, noisy piece but like the opener based on just two chords. My favourite is the next, title piece "Temple of the Soul" where one of the guitar players has switched to organ giving the track a bit more atmospheric vibe. There is a psychedelic freak-out section in the middle AND at the end, though... Wow, great! "Manilament" is the most gentle and melodic track but still not totally soft or anything. It does get more energetic, faster and wilder later on... Another killer jam! There is apparently a very limited edition lathe-cut LP of this release as well but I think it deserves a proper vinyl album release for sure. Check it out!

maanantai 10. kesäkuuta 2019

Cosmic Fall - Lackland (digital single)

Digital Single

Okay, what we have here is a one-track digital single by Berlin-based heavy psych/stoner rockers Cosmic Fall. I have previously reviewed the power trio's latest album In Search of Outer Space (2018) as well as their drummer's a bit more 60s styled solo album. Both great albums feature just the basic bass/drums/guitar set up as does this new single that will be released to the public on Thursday.

So the new track "Lackland" is a long (8:32), totally instrumental, heavy mid-tempo stoner rocker that at first brings to mind Loop a bit with it's simple, hypnotic riff. The guitar soon gets wild in the Earthless style and the groovy rhythm section offers the perfect background for lots of heavy solo freak-out. Cosmic Fall is freaky, spaced-out jam band, make no mistakes about that. They really let it go wild and furious here and that's the way I like it. I could listen to this kind of heavy, killer jamming for hours and the eight-and-a-half minutes just fly by letting you ask for more ear-candy. I guess this digital single means that they have a brand-new album coming up soon which is great. Can't wait for that! Check out this taster on their Bandcamp site on the 13th of June and blow your mind with some honest, well-played psychedelic stoner rock mayhem!

tiistai 4. kesäkuuta 2019

ØSC meets BMC - Freak Out in the Fjord

Space Rock Productions (SRP059)

Phew, this is a massive two-hour/2CD/3LP release of improvised, psychedelic space rock of the highest quality... Øresund Space Collective played in 2017 in Norway together with Dr Space's another, Norwegian band Black Moon Circle and the next day a studio jam session took place. It must have been an enormous task to set up three drum kits, two guitar set ups, two bass set ups and all the synths, keyboards and the violin that you can experience on this release! There are nine musicians on board altogether.

The album includes just four, VERY long jams. "Rendezvous in the Nebula" starts off slowly and builds up like jams often do. It has a very hypnotic, repetitive, uplifting and spacey mood until it gets slower and sort of bluesy before the 14-minute marker for another ten minutes or so.  Very nice! The next, jazzy jam is called "Afterglow in the Sea of Sirens" and has cool & groovy Fender Rhodes among other things. Some very inspired, amazing guitar playing on this one too! Things get heavier towards the end. The over 30-minute "Dinner With Gregg A and Jerry G" is, as you might have guessed, sort of inspired by The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers Band, so it's has that late 60s/ early 70s jam rock vibe. Of course the spacey synths add other layers as well as always... When things really get rolling I must hold on to my brain for not exploding it! Some pretty wild stuff in there. The longest jam is called "Freak Out in the Fjord" at 36 minutes. I love Jonathan's violin here as well as the groovy, sort of creeping rhythm section. This is probably the highlight for me with intense, heavy, a bit dark and mind-blowing vibes. Øyvin is playing some cool guitar as well. Proper heavy, psychedelic space rock, I would say! It must have been a challenge to mix together these big jam sessions but the end result is stunning. The last two jams have been cut in half for the 3LP (290 copies on coloured, 184 on black vinyl) version and some of the tracks on the 2CD (500 copies) version are a bit longer than on vinyl but it all works out very well. I love the amazing cover art too. Warmly recommended! If you happen to be in Stockholm tonight, go see ØSC and BMC in action at Melody Box!

Dr Space's Alien Planet Trip - Vol 3 Featuring Martin Weaver

Space Rock Productions (SRP060)

This is the third solo album by Dr. Space aka Scott Heller from Danish/Swedish/American etc. improvised psychedelic space rock group Øresund Space Collective. This time he has teamed up with Martin Weaver, a guitar player known for legendary bands Dark and Wicked Lady. As you maybe know, Scott is not a keyboard player but specialized in producing the most spacey, out-of-this-world windy-whooshy synth noises so don't expect wild keyboard solos or even much synth melodies. There are some arpeggios and sequences in there to help create a bit more solid structures to the very ambient , experimental and spaced-out pieces.

The synthesizers used were Nord Lead 2 virtual analog synthesizer, Korg Monotron, Custom Modular Synthesizer and OSCar. Martin has also programmed some percussion in Logic to give the music more form, like on the opener "Lost in ten Desert" and almost Goa trance-like "Encart Stnap" that ends the album and also has some spoken word at the beginning. My favourites still are the most cosmic, ambient and atmospheric pieces like the majestic "Veganporcotopia" and "Spacey Placey" that really take you to weird, wonderful places. It's very cool to have electric and acoustic guitar in there to make things more interesting, and the drum programming also works for the most part. Scott is the master of spacey analogue synths sounds and alien soundscapes. The production is top-notch and the album cover art perfect for the spacey moods within.  If you enjoyed Scott's two previous solo albums you will for sure love this one. This is very limited edition of just 102 copies on black and 216 on blue vinyl so if you want to get on this strange alien trip you'll have to act fast!

keskiviikko 29. toukokuuta 2019

Hotlist May

These are the hottest releases for me this month. Since it was an exceptionally good month, I will give you TOP 20 instead of just 10!

Tuhosieni ‎- Suolaulu / Sininen 8"
Dreamtime - Tidal Mind
Curved Entrances - S/T
Altın Gün ‎- Gece
SEN3 ‎- Vol. II
Zaum - Divination
Psychic Lemon ‎- Live At The Smokehouse
Wooden Shjips ‎- Shjips In The Night - Live In San Francisco, June 8, 2018
Vert:x ‎- Death to False Motorik
Pyramidal - S/T
Hibushibire ‎- Turn On, Tune In, Freak Out!
Centrum - För Meditation
Astralasia ‎- A Different Kettle Of Fish
Moon Goose ‎- Source Code
Various Artists ‎- The Sixteenth Dream Of Dr Sardonicus
The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol, Shooting Guns - In Search Of Highs Volume 2
Gong ‎- The Universe Also Collapses
Culto Al Qondor - Electricidad
Vibravoid ‎- Intergalactic Acid Freak Out Orgasms
Saint Vitus ‎- S/T