Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Øresund Space Collective "The Black Tomato" 2007 Denmark Psych Space Rock


Øresund Space Collective  "The Black Tomato" 2007 Denmark Psych Space Rock 
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Wow, these guys are really on a roll. Hot on the heels of their outstanding 2-CD “It’s All About Delay” album, Øresund Space Collective (OSC) are back with a brand new set of space jams. The Black Tomato consists of three tracks, totalling nearly 80 minutes of all instrumental improvisational space rocking bliss. 

The CD kicks off with the nearly 40 minute “RumBle”, which begins with a stoned jamming cosmic hard rocking space groove. There’s some ripping trip guitar, freaked out alien electronics, and the whole atmosphere is like a deep space stoner acid jam. This is some of the heaviest music I’ve heard from OSC yet. And as you can imagine on a 40 minute improv jam, the music twists and turns through a multitude of moods and themes, though of course the key to real appreciation is to just sit back and surrender yourself to wherever the band wants to take you. It’s a guided tour with the focus on the voyage and destination is the least of your concerns. OSC have a fluid cast of participants but everyone has more or less played with each other enough that it’s no surprise that they continue to crank out ass kicking space jams that you can groove to endlessly! Some of it brings to mind a cross between Ozric Tentacles and Alien Planetscapes. 

Next up is the 32 minute “The Black Tomato”, another space rocking excursion. It’s got some killer melodic development that really hooked me, while retaining the driving jam quality throughout. The organ and heavy keyboards give the music a 70s hard prog-psych edge that I really liked, and combined with the electronics, guitars and pounding rhythm section makes for an absolutely awesome space rock journey. Lots of cool Gong/Hillage elements and I even detected some moments of Frippertronic styled guitar, but mostly this is searing acidic mucho cosmic heavy jamming space rock. OSC have cultivated a real knack for taking off and exploring while keeping these loooooong jams comprehensible and consistently seductive throughout. Finally, rounding out the set is the relatively short (6 minutes) “Viking Cleaner”, a quirky, playful, but totally spaced out rhythmic groove tune that makes for an appropriate finale to this outstanding set. These guys gotta start making the rounds of the festival circuit….Aural Innovations…..~


This Black Tomato can only come from outer space for sure … 
I love this album! The band, consisting of 9 astronauts, takes off into space again with exciting grooving jams - presented very relaxed with much easiness and wonderful melodic parts. OSC’s concept is consisting of compelling psychedelic twin and triple guitar work, based on an excellent working rhythm section and combined with diversified keyboard stuff - what more can you expect? 

OSC is a space crew headed by captain Scott Heller which doesn’t line up as a usual band. Changing members is a principle, a method to inspire the band again and again. They have excellent connections to the space/psychedelic scene of scandinavian and even other european countries. So they are inviting wellknown musicians from time to time to participate at their concept especially for delivering live performances. But ‘The Black Tomato’ this time is the result of studio sessions - recorded on the fly and without any overdubs! 

The opening opus RumBle is 38(!) minutes long, devided in 5 parts and provided with russian spoken word poetry. A fantastic trip whereas they are floating from one planet to another - speed-up and periods of rest and weightlessness are alternating whilst OSC is reaping the valuable black tomatoes - this is never boring in any way. Spacey guitars with delay effects, synths but also jazzy elements by electric piano and a funky bass. Even some krautrock contributions similar to Ashra are to remark. 

Early enough before they reach the point of no return OSC is inverting with the title song dominated by a decent dub groove. The instruments are stimulating each others joyfully on the way back using the complete range with synths, hammond, fender rhodes and many guitar riffs. With Viking cleaner OSC is hurrying up with a lot of speed to enter the atmosphere of the home planet and finally is gliding weightlessly back to the ground … 

Never thought such a new inspiring thing could be possible - a jewel is coming back directly from outer space with a touchdown in Sweden and now (hopefully) infecting planet earth. 
A masterpiece of the space/psychedelic subgenre - an excellent addition to every enhanced prog collection. Congratulations OSC!..by Rivertree …..~


Copenhagen-based international band Øresund Space Collective have been active since 2004, now and then releasing CDs with some of their favorite jam-sessions exploring space rock. 
The Black Tomato is their third release, and on this CD the band take their cues from spaceship Hawkwind. In performance the guitars are the central driving instruments, with guitar patterns evolving from sounds to riff patterns to soloing and then back to fragmented sounds, with mainly two guitars evolving in this pattern, always seeing to it than one guitar maintains a riff-based style while the other is exploring more soloing or spacey sounds. Bass lines and drum patterns are the foundation, while synths flavor the soundscape with melody lines, fragments and sounds. 

Hawkwind-like guitars as they played in the early 70’s dominate this release, and fans of Hawkwind - especially their live more or less improvised tunes, will love this one….by Windhawk ….~


ORESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE is based out of Copenhagen and boasts a 9 peice band with members from Denmark, U.S.A. and Sweden. The band themselves describe this album in the liner notes like this: “In some ways, this is our most Krautrock-in-space effort yet but also some of the best heavy grooves we have ever made as well”. Considering there are three guitarists, two bass players, a drummer and three guys playing a variety of keyboards and synths you would think it would sound chaotic and too busy. It doesn’t though, this is very rhythmic and trippy as they seem to jam endlessly during this 77 minute album. 
“Rumble” is divided into 5 parts and is over 38 minutes long. Part 1 (Faked It All The Way) has a nice heavy sound to it and a great rhythm. The guitar comes ripping in around a minute, a blistering attack. It calms down 6 minutes in as the rhythm stops. Part 2 (Consumed By The Goblin) has some spoken words before a minute that are replaced by heavy drums and synths. The guitars start to make some noise. Psychedelic guitars before 9 minutes and then it settles a minute later as it blends into Part 3 (OSC Bolero). This part has a beat as it builds to a great sound 4 minutes in as the guitar starts to light it up. Spoken words after 5 minutes as the trippy sound continues. Part 4 (Falling Stardrops) trips along in a laid back way. Deep bass, guitar and drums are prominant. Synths come and go. The tempo slows down before 7 ½ minutes as it blends into part 5 (Grab A Cab). Synths wash in before a minute in this spacey conclusion. 

“The Black Tomato” is divided into three parts and is 32 minutes long. Part 1 (Moonhead) quickly builds, leading to a great sound 4 minutes in. Lots of synths. Organ 5 minutes in. It settles as it blends into part 2 (Sundown) where it picks back up quickly. I really like the sound 5 ½ minutes in as the organ rips it up. The guitar is aggressive 8 ½ minutes in. It calms right down 11 minutes in as it blends into part 3. It’s 3 minutes before a fuller sound comes in.Love it ! Especially the guitar then organ after 6 minutes. The guitar is on fire after 8 minutes. Amazing sound. “Viking Cleaner” builds from spacey synths to bass, drums and guitar a minute in, to an intense soundscape before 5 minutes. 
This is an incredible trip that is easily 4 stars. A must for Spacerock fans…. by Mellotron Storm …..~


The Øresund Space Collective (ØSC), Sweden’s answer to Acid Mothers Temple, offers up a succulent three course culinary feast of improvised space rock on their third studio release The Black Tomato. Two guitarists, two bass players, three synthesists, and one drummer play off each other’s ideas to create new and innovative courses of musical whimsy. The appetizer for this feast is the 38-minute “RumBle” with screaming guitars, swirling electronics, and occasional Russian narration applied sparingly as the dressing. “RumBle” is in five parts, so it quite easy to digest, whetting your appetite for the entree and title track. “The Black Tomato” is another sumptuous offering clocking in at 32 minutes and divided as well into three parts to make it easy on your pallet using Hawkwind-esque riffs. Just like any fine dining experience, as you near the end of the meal, the tempo begins to slow, allowing you to relax and savor the experience. Your cravings have been satisfied and all that remains is the self-indulgence of a rich and sugary dessert, which OSC delivers with the six-minute “Viking Cleaner.” These guys are the Top Chefs of space rock! Each subsequent release demonstrates that they are honing their skills. Never standing still, always moving forward, ØSC has the finished artwork ready for their next release Inside Your Head which should be out by fall 2008. And if you can’t wait, you can always go to their web site to download MP3s from their many live shows….by Henry Schneider,…..~


On their further journey into the depths of the Spacerock, the Öresund Space Collective (OSC) starts where it left off with the second disc of their last regular CD: with really long, sprawling improvisations. Two long tunes of more than 30 or almost 40 minutes give the listening behavior to “The Black Tomato”. 

Elsewhere, I have already written, groundbreaking on the character of improvisations in rock music, following John Cage, uh . And this also applies to the new output “The Black Tomato”. Exciting innovations in the history of the Spacerock are not to be expected from the OSC. But they bring about pretty atmospheric over what presumably most listeners suspect when they think of Spacerock: casually swinging, sometimes groovy rocking rhythms, endless guitar loops and solos, wafting, whistling, hissing, squeaky, rotating synth sounds etc. 

At the OSC, however, it also adds that it is improvised music. That is, the Collective met two days ago at the end of last year at the Black Tornado studio in Copenhagen and made music without any hiccups. And the band’s most authoritative parts of the session probably made it to this CD. And so you have to imagine the music then also in their structure: there are long, repetitive moments that are slowly evolving, ie everything stays in the flow, but it is the entire spectrum of rocking to spherical on the more than half-hour trips covered in the collective memory of the musicians. 

Anyone who likes sophisticated, through-composed longtrack compositions will be served rather poorly here. Likewise, who wants to hear something unprecedented. But if you want to send your mind on a long journey, be it to dream or as the background of a real trip by ship, car, train, etc., you might check it out…by… Christian Rode…babyblaue prog….~


Line-up / Musicians 
- Magnus Hannibal / guitars, effects 
- Sebastian Wellander / guitars, effects 
- Tobbe Wulff / guitars, effects 
- Scott Heller / synths 
- Ola Eriksson / Fender Rhodes, synths 
- Mogens Pedersen / Hammond, synths 
- Jocke Jönsson / bass, Fx 
- Michael Kroglund / bass 
- Søren Holm Hvilsby / drums 

With: 
- Artyom Savichsky / spoken word



Songs / Tracks Listing 
1. Rumble Part I (7:38) 
2. Rumble Part II (10:15) 
3. Rumble Part III (9:37) 
4. Rumble Part IV (8:05) 
5. Rumble Part V (2:58) 
6. The Black Tomato Part I (8:02) 
7. The Black Tomato Part II (11:45) 
8. The Black Tomato Part III (12:19) 
9. Viking Cleaner (6:28) 

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