Exposé Online banner

Øresund Space Collective — Black Tomato
(Transubstans Records Trans032, 2007, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2008-10-01

Black Tomato Cover art

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.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 36, 2007 releases

Related artist(s): Øresund Space Collective

More info
http:// http://www.oresundspacecollective.com
http://www.recordheaven.net

Latest news

2017-11-16
Celebrate 10 Years of Fruits de Mer – As a special celebration for a decade of cool vinyl releases, our friends at Fruits de Mer records have prepared a limited edition reissue of an album by the first band ever to appear on the label: Schizo Fun Addict. The band is known for unusual release strag » Read more

2017-11-02
Mega Dodo Presents New Charity Album – Our friends at Mega Dodo have put together a lovely compilation of their artists performing new arrangements of nursery rhymes, and all the profits from sales of the album will benefit Save the Children. It features a number of artists we've covered. » Read more

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

NoVox - NoVox – First off, this disc has to have one of the weirdest and most provocative cover images ever! Now beyond the graphics and on to the music. Some may remember the Dutch quartet Cliffhanger who put out...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues