Oresund Space Collective - _The Black Tomato_
(Record Heaven / Transubstans Records, 2007)
by: Quentin Kalis (7.5 out of 10)
Be warned: this is pretentious territory. There are only three songs but these are spread over nine tracks, resulting in songs lasting for 36:35, 32:05 and 6:28 minutes respectively. Oresund Space Collective are a group of Danish, Swedish and American members, and this is their third studio offering, featuring nine members on guitars, bass, synthesizers, Hammond organ and drums, performing "free form improvised space rock music". And completely instrumental. Cute.

Those readers who have I not managed to chase away should be alerted to the fact that this is far, far removed from what I normally listen to, even accounting for my eclectic tastes, and I have no frame of reference. Comparisons have been made with Hawkwind, Ozric Tentacles and Gong, if that helps. Probably not. It's clear that they are talented musicians and that their jams are far removed from teens banging out three chords in the garage, although the "spacey" key effects do get a tad annoying at times. I have no complaints about the skills of the assorted axe-wielders or the drummer though, and they do provide an interesting listen, even if they tend to go on for more than just a bit too long.

As a final thought, this does manage to pique my interest and will be worth at least an occasional listen. Those in doubt can check out their website, which contains over 35 hours of their jam sessions for free download.

Contact: http://www.oresundspacecollective.com

(article published 11/3/2008)

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