Exposé Online banner

Hawkestrel — The Future Is Us
(Cleopatra CLO1235, 2019, CD / 2LP / DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2020-03-22

The Future Is Us Cover art

Hawkwind fans who haven’t been getting enough of the space rock they love from Hawkwind itself can rejoice in Hawkestrel, the latest project by long-time Hawkwind bassman Alan Davey. He’s joined by a cast of guests which includes many from within the Hawk family as well as outsiders. Usual suspects like Nik Turner, Simon House, Huw Lloyd-Langton, Paul Rudolph, Mick Slattery, Lemmy Kilmister, and Bridget Wishart make appearances, as do Ginger Baker and William Shatner. Even with all the guests, most of the instruments on many tracks are played by Davey himself (bass, synthesizer, drums, guitar, oud, and keyboards). The end result sounds very much like a Hawkwind album, and in comparative quality, I’d say it’s comparable to that band’s later work and a fair sight better than some of the lesser Hawkwind albums. There’s enough variety to stave off boredom, but enough consistency to hang together as a whole. Turner and House provide contributions that echo the classic sound, and many of the tunes are quite appealing. Shatner’s appearance is quite amusing — a cover of “Sonic Attack” (what else?) where Shatner’s delivery is a perfect match for the mood of the piece. The Future Is Us is a worthy addition to the Hawk family canon, and a darn fine slab of space rock.


Filed under: New releases, 2019 releases

Related artist(s): Bridget Wishart, Nik Turner, Simon House, Alan Davey / Hawkestrel, Ginger Baker

More info
http://hawkestrel.bandcamp.com/album/the-future-is-us

Latest news

2021-04-01
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more

2021-03-25
Return of Jerry Lucky's Progressive Rock Files – After much consideration and surprisingly, positive feedback, Jerry Lucky is announcing the launch of the progressive Rock Files podcast, featuring the latest progressive rock music from around the world. » Read more

2021-03-14
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more

2021-03-11
RIP Roger Trigaux – The sad news has come to our attention that Roger Trigaux, the guiding force of Present and former member of Univers Zero, passed away on the evening of March 10, 2021 after a long ilness. » Read more

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Yochk'o Seffer - Magyar Etno – Magyar Etno is a collection of mostly solo pieces by this renowned jazz saxophonist. Seffer creates melodies in the folk style of his native Hungary, and uses these as starting and reference points...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues