The Australian space rock trio Usurper of Modern Medicine release the LP Everything Is Nothing on the 5th.
Usurper of Modern Medicine – photo by Amber Bateup
The combinations of instrumentation and electronica expand to fill the room in waves of psychedelic tinted hues of sound taking the listener on to a journey through space and time.
The opening of the ten tracks on Everything Is Nothing (available on bandcamp) is House Of Reps.
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Electric Eye is Øystein Braut (Guitar / Vocals), Njål Clementsen (Bass / Vocals), Anders Bjelland (Keys) and Øyvind Hegg-Lunde (Drums) a space-rock band from Bergen in Norway.
Time is the prerequisite when settling down to listen to to Electric Eye who have some tracks extending to over nine minutes. The psychedelic ambient drone sets a mood for the brain to wander off on flights of fancy as the sounds permeate the head with a gently shifting fulcrum.
Although lengthy, the music is well spaced, with a constantly shifting pattern leaving the listener oblivious of the duration, rather, immersed in the combinations of keys and guitars which break gently around the room. Electric Eye may well produce material which makes it easy for the listener to become inwardly focussed, the mind is also able to retain a compass on the music wafting through the head.
The very nature of the compositions makes these extended tracks wander over vast swathes of ground, but rather then seeming as self-indulgent flights of fancy, they have the feel of numerous individual pieces melting one into the other with the resulting experience being one of a continuum of sonics extending across time and space.
A début LP, the seven track forty fie minute Pick-up, Lift-off, Space, Time (which is available on iTunes*) was followed by a wide ranging European tour in the autumn and should set the groundwork for a strong follow-up.
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Roma Kalitkin a solo musician from Moscow in Russia performs under the name of Sounds Of Sputnik to deliver his psychedelic space rock.
Sounds Of Sputnik
Once again, as with the old URL Indie Bands Blog on the first Russian entry, I find myself in a quandary of where to place Russia in the continent category and once again it appears under Asia, simply to due to the relative landmass in Europe and Asia. Of course as previously, the first review is of a Russian outfit is someone sitting in Europe. However, you aren’t reading this to hear about my travails with geo-political and continental boundaries…. Sounds Of Sputnik…
Dim the lights, lie back and gaze-upwards and let Sounds Of Sputnik wend its way into your mind and in a trance you will find yourself floating in the cosmos, what an appropriately named band.
Predominately purely instrumental, the music envelopes the mind in warming bass notes, whilst echoed chords drift lazily across the room captivating the thoughts, while an omnipresent electronic hum adds to the experience of the material, this is not music to hurry, rather to enjoy at leisure and is well worth allowing the music to take over the mind.
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