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Dr. Space

Dr. Space's Alien Planet Trip Vol 4- Space with Bass

Review by Gary Hill

Dr. Space is the main guy behind Øresund Space Collective. If you are familiar with that group's improvised space music (and if you've paid attention to Music Street Journal over the years, you have to have heard quite a bit about them because we've covered them pretty extensively), you'll be in the right general area for what you'll find here. That said, this is mostly keyboard based with the only other person included being Hasse Horrigmoe, who handles the bass duties. I'd say that a lot of this makes me think of early Pink Floyd, but there are plenty of other sounds and concepts at play. This is quite an interesting set, really.

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Track by Track Review
Vermis Ex Deus Primero
The opener is an epic that weighs in at over twenty-and-a-half minutes of music. Ambient keyboard textures bring it into being. While it remains quite mellow, it does gradually rise upward. I'm reminded of early Pink Floyd to a large degree as this continues to evolve. This remains largely mellow all the way through, but does work through a number of changes and evolves as it does so.
Bemushroomed

The keyboards that start this are weird. This cut is definitely shorter than the opener, but still weighs in at over 12-minutes. It's also not ambient, but is all about the space keyboards. This thing gets decidedly trippy, It's weird, yet compelling. The later sections turn positively crazed as it intensifies.

3rd Eye into the 4th Dimension
There is a tuned percussion sort of vibe to a lot of this. There is also a robotic one. With plenty of trippy space elements also built into it, this gets pretty freaky, while also remaining effective. It is definitely strange.
BlackCloud
I'm again reminded of early Pink Floyd on this piece. There is a trippy sort of magic built into the cut. This thing gets quite involved as it continues to grow. I think it's actually one of my favorite pieces here.
Bass Karma
The keyboard sounds that bring this into being make me think of Kraftwerk a bit. The bass elements that rise up bring a different angle. This is the second longest track of the set at over 16-minutes long. It is a cool space keyboard workout from start to finish with a good deal of evolution and change built into it.
Lament for the Wicked
At nearly six-and-a-half minutes long, this is the shortest track here. There is an element to this that feels a bit like some kind of alarm or warning. There is an uneasiness and insistent, driving vibe to it. It gets pretty noisy and crazed before it's over.
 
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