Exposé Online banner

Dr Cosmo's Tape Lab — Beyond the Silver Sea
(Sugarbush SB014, 2015, LP)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2015-07-06

Beyond the Silver Sea Cover art

Beyond the Silver Sea is the remarkable new inspired sci-fi concept LP by Glascow band Dr. Cosmo’s Tape Lab. Dr. Cosmo’s Tape Lab is the mash-up of two psych-pop masters: Joe Kane (Them Beatles and The Owsley Sunshine) and Stuart Kidd (BMX Bandits and The Wellgreen). There is a third guy in their photos wearing a crow’s head mask, but not sure if he is in the band or not. They have been playing together now for about two years. Beyond the Silver Sea is much more than merely a collection of psych-pop tunes, nor is it a rock opera, or what you would normally think of as a concept album. It is an immersive experience that takes you on a 43-minute journey through a variety of styles loosely linked by a Sci-Fi narrative with a strong Scottish brogue about our protagonist Max and his journey of discovery. Dr. Cosmo has crafted their own style with references to West Coast psych, Brit pop, New Wave, etc. I detect influences of Peter and Gordon, The Byrds, Country Joe and the Fish, The Zombies, The Beatles, Steve Miller, Huey Lewis and The News, The Pretty Things, and David Bowie. Some are more blatant than others. For example, “The Painted Birds” sounds almost exactly like Steve Miller’s “Abracadabra,” while there is only a passing reference to the Zombies’ “Time of the Season” in “Time Enough for Love.” This is a fun album with lots of upbeat and catchy songs. It is only available on grey vinyl as a limited run of 250 copies, so you may be challenged finding one. If you do, be sure to listen to the end of Side Two. This is where, in my opinion, you will hear the best songs on the album “The Stars My Destination,” “The Long Sleep,” “Space Dream,” and the album closer and title track “Beyond the Silver Sea.”


Filed under: New releases, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): Dr Cosmo's Tape Lab

Latest news

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santan, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more

2020-04-23
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Crack - Si Todo Hiciera Crack – While in countries like England, Italy and the United States, the outlook for progressive rock by the late seventies was practically at its bleakest; Spain's scene was at its most prolific stage. ...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues