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Dr. Space

Alien Planet Trip Vol 2- Gloomy Horizon (vinyl)

Review by Gary Hill

I reviewed the first set in this series a while ago. I apparently made a mistake when I did that one and put it under OSC. That's a mistake that's not set in stone, but is published in book form, so it has to stay as is. For that reason I almost put this one under OSC to have them together, but it didn't seem to make sense to compound the error. This is a solo project from Dr. Space outside of Øresund Space Collective. It is harder rocking and darker than the first set. It is absolutely space music. It is all instrumental and quite cool.

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Track by Track Review
Trip A
         
A New Beginning

Coming in gradually with spacey sounds and things that seem a bit detuned, this is weird and suitably trippy. It remains echoey and space oriented as the bass guitar and guitar paint much of the sound over which the keyboards built textures. As is true of most great space rock, nothing changes quickly here.

Boogie with Fidel

I dig the cool helicopter sort of keyboard sound that dances around at the start of this. There are waves of somber, nearly classical styled music in the mix, too. Then, after the one minute mark, a cool driving jam starts to rise upward. Rather than taking over, though, that more or less fades away after a while with the full spacey elements continuing to drive it in varying directions as it moves onward.

Trip B
   
The Dark Room Becomes Blue
This comes in suitably dark and feels a bit dangerous. There are some almost King Crimson-like elements that emerge in a harder rocking movement. This is kind of trippy and so dense.
Alien Talk
There are some trippy keyboards over the top of this that almost do feel like aliens talking. The music beyond that is trippy and suitably space rock oriented. I dig the cool noisy space that flits around on this thing.
Lost in the Cave
This one is heavier and darker than anything else here. It is suitably claustrophobic and just a bit frightening. This moves through a number of changes and gets pretty intense and built up before it's over.
 
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