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Dr. Space

Dr. Space's Alien Planet Trip- Vol. 5 Search In Of

Review by Gary Hill

When it comes to Dr. Space and his band Øresund Space Collective (or any of his other projects), you know you will get space music at least to some degree no matter the release. There is always a good range presented within that concept, though. This particular release lands largely in the electronic and rather mellow zone, but it moves beyond that at times, too. However you slice it, this is an unusual and effective release of instrumental space music.

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Track by Track Review
Korma
As this rises gradually up from ambience, it makes me thing of things like Tangerine Dream. This cut works through quite a few shifts and changes. It's over 16-and-a-half minutes long, so there is plenty of room for that. At times, it rises up toward more standard space rock. It drops back to a keyboard dominated section around the halfway mark that reminds me just a tiny bit of Tim Blake's "Lighthouse." That mode sort of evolves into the remaining portions of the cut.
Run for your Life
Trippy and decidedly space oriented, this comes in rather sedate and yet almost noisy. It builds upward and outward, seeming to add intensity to the basic concepts as it continues. There is a real science fiction film soundtrack vibe to this number.
In Honour of the Sumo Champion
This has more of a rock sound to it. That said, it's still space rock. There are some heavy elements. The bass element on this drives, but the rest of the music is measured. The space concepts that swirl around the outskirts are so cool.
SpBass Spock
This feels very synthetic and computer-like. It's an intriguing piece that is measured and intriguing.
The Dark Dance of Eath
There is an ominous, dark kind of vibe as this comes into being. The cut is another that has more of a rock spirit to it. It gains that through distortion, noisy guitar and more. Yet the space is still the driving factor. This turns toward noisy weirdness as it works its way forward.
 
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