Review: Chicago Odense Ensemble is a unique proposition that came together out of a chance meeting between Danish musicians Jonas Munk and Jakob Skott and a host of notal improvisational musicians based in Chicago, including members of Tortoise and the Chicago Underground Collective. After a now highly sought after first album, the loose-fit collective emerges once more with another wild collection of pieces that span jazz, psychedelic rock, kosmische and so much more besides. As deep and smoky as it is freeform and vibrant, you could spend years listening to this album and discovering new things.
Review: Having been described as something of a short-lived (ethereal) stoner trio, Kanaan rise from the ashes with their first official release, Windborne, six tracks of pure, instrumental psychedelia. Made up of members from legendary French industrial metal band Treponem Pal and associated act Dirge, the freshly hailed Norwegian group Kanaan on this debut outing successfully fuse free-jazz with post-rock and touches of metal with a mass of '70s avant garde inspirations. The cruising (Eno & krautrock referencing) "Harmonia" a highlight amidst the Sabbath-like "Act Upon The Mundane World" and its radical title-track "Windborne".
Review: Southern California might be famous for its sunbaked landscapes and sunglasses-clad glitterati, but it's much easier to imagine Monarch beneath an open night sky in locations far removed from the materialism we might associate with the home of Hollywood. Their take on progressive rock is saturated in a cosmic psychedelia that becomes inescapable on this follow up to 2016's debut, "Two Isles". Starting as they mean to go on in terms of raw power, "Hanging By A Thread" opens the scoring with a huge wall of sound, nodding to post and math rock. "Pangea" swoons its way through two-minutes of crooning guitars before heavy, unfiltered crescendos of chords, cymbals and kick drums drop us into a track boasting real depth. "Felo De Se" closes us out on a hallucinatory trip through filtered vocals and staccato rhythms. In short, this is what you should be listening to.
Review: Throughout their previous five albums, Danish quartet Mythic Sunship have been honing their long-form songwriting, sounding their most crafted and assured on this sixth full-length 'Upheaval'. With three of the four tracks here clocking in at over ten minutes a piece, Mythic Sunship show that they're more than comfortable settling into dense riffs and grooves that meander, thrash and wade through hypnotic sludgy psychedelia. This exploratory style of songwriting is comparable to 1970's kraut-rock, with variations and changes to the extended repetitious jams being slowly drip-fed to the listener, as they slowly develop into grandiose widescreen lysergic epics.