Transubstans Oresund Space Collective : Good Planets Are Hard To Find (S,2009)***°

The first few tracks of this new album convinced me really well. Perhaps it is also partly due to the mixing by Steve Hayes (Secret Saucer) in how these tracks build up perfectly. The opener, title track, is led by sitar, in an almost raga mode of improvisation, with smooth bass, spacey keyboards sounds lining in with this fundament, with additional sequenced high note synthesizers and then electric guitars melting with it before the bass and guitars speed up the trance. This flows perfectly into a rockier psychedelic jam, tuned in and then jamming further like a perfectly oiled motor speeding up further, with a clean energy. Only after some time, on the third track already, some portion of inspiration turns onto automatic pilot and mood a bit, and a keyboard improvisation is provided on top. A rather Ozric Tentacles vibe then turns up. Often are noticed talented technical drumming. This isn’t the end yet, because the next big part sounds more like stretched like a stoned jam, jamming towards the edges of the space available on this CD, and while returning to its moodiness, in essence you could call this part a faster more psychedelic trance dub (without real dub effects). Last big flash returns to the sitar. This new section is like a huge trance jam also suitable for dancefloor psychedelic moods, especially rewarding for around this time some wahwah funky effects on guitar.


Got a knew Oresund Space Collective album on Transubstans yesterday and again, this mostly Scandanavian collective of Space rock worshippers have cracked my nut again with the perfect blend of psych, space, jazz, stoner and eastern edges...yowza!


Öresund Space Collective - Good Planets Are Hard To Find (Transubstans Records)

Good Planets Are Hard To Find 9:43
Space Fountain 8:51
Orbital Elevator 16:12
PP746-3 19:35
My Heel Has A Beard 6:01
MTSST 19:28

Här är rymdcollektivets femte officiella platta. En del av manskapet är utbytt, bla är KG från härliga Siena Root med på sitar och gitarr. Kapten är som vanligt vår dr Space alias Scott Heller. Stilen är densamma som vanligt fast ändå inte. Kvar är de långa hypnotiska låtarna och som vanligt är det 100% improvisation. Men förr var plattorna mer synthbaserade och svävande. Nu är det ett rockigare sound. Mjuka synthslingor varvas perfekt med gitarriff och tunga basgångar. I synnerhet låten ”Space Fountain” har ett grymt 70-tals-groove. Det börjar och slutar med KG´s sitarspel som är stämningsfullt men - tycker jag- en aning utdraget. Har lyssnat ganska mycket på ”Good Planets...” och den växer hela tiden. Detta är så levande och äkta att ”vanlig” musik kan kännas tillrättalagd och tråkig i jämförelse. Har skrivit det förr, men för att Öresundsgänget bäst ska komma till sin rätt ska de upplevas live eftersom det är Här Och Nu som är hela grejen med improvisationsmusik.

Det var dessutom en ära för undertecknad att få göra deras omslag. Så till er som hört dem förut: detta går i samma anda fast snäppet vassare. Och till er som aldrig hört dem: ta chansen att dyka in i en ny spännande värld.


Dennis Jacobsson


10 April 2009
CD REVIEW: Øresund Space Collective - Good Planets Are Hard To Find (2009, Transubstans Records)

OK, so…

I have been listening to Good Planets Are Hard To Find, the latest release by Øresund Space Collective, for a few days now, and I am at a loss. I simply don’t know how to review this. This is not because I find the music lacking, or unenjoyable…it’s been a lovely soundtrack for 3 solid days of work. I am digging the vibe, the grooves, the heavy Indian influence (loads of sitar!). But I’m simply unable to figure out a good way to get this review started.

Øresund Space Collective releases small quantities of fully improvised space rock (this release, according to the band’s website, is limited to 1000 copies). Theirs is a sound that seems to fall generally speaking into the same branch of space rock as bands like Ozric Tentacles and Hidria Spacefolk in a lot of ways…trippy, groove oriented, instrumentals that sprawl out over 10 to 20 minutes in some cases, incorporating some heavy bass/drum groove interplay and a bit of playful musical sensibility. On this release, ØSC adds in copious amounts of sitar work, bringing a distinct eastern vibe to the proceedings. This isn’t space rock in the jackbooted alien, Hawkwind mode, not is it pataphysical humour-based like Gong…this is dance your arse off festival music.

There is some good variance in general sound on this album…it’s not like every song sounds like little more than a variation on a theme. The title track, which opens the album, exhibits a lot of the heavy sitar play that I really enjoy here. “Space Fountain” opens with a tight drum and bass groove, and just a smidge of light blanga. “Orbital Elevator” does this a bit better and a bit heavier, with some nicely sweeping synths and a good bit of crunchy rhythm guitar. If anything, songs like this one and the preceding “Space Fountain” could do with a bit more heaviness, and if there is a complaint to be made about this release, it’s that…so much of the album rests in a comfortable rhythmic groove that the band seems to not want to leave. A bit more tempo change would do wonders for me.

In some ways, “MTSST” best exemplifies this…there’s a touch of rhythmic/tempo shift throughout the track’s 19:28 length, but overall the song isn’t something that can be easily focused on the entire time. That doesn’t mean I don’t groove to its space-y sitar laced goodness…but it does mean that focused listening does not do the piece any amazing wonders.

I won’t say that space rock is a dirty secret for me…I certainly enjoy quite a bit of it. And I enjoy Good Planets Are Hard To Find, much as I have enjoyed other material I’ve heard Øresund Space Collective. But this is not music that rewards focused, attentive listening. Sit back and groove to it, or better yet, get up and dance to it. Play it at your next party. Take it for what it is…lengthy excursions to the further reaches of altered consciousness…


Øresund Space Collective - Good Planets Are Hard To Find (2009, Transubstans Records)

I've always considered myself a fan of the "space-rock" genre but I'm beginning to have my doubts whether my love of this music really does extend throughout all of the genre's soundscapes. I'm not overblown by Ozric Tentacles's music and, on this showing, neither am I by Øresund Space Collective's brand of totally improvised instrumental "space-rock". Clearly, I am either not on the right mind-altering substances or not living in the correct parallel universe. It's certainly a million miles from the music that bands like Hawkwind and their more recent pretenders like Litmus put out. Still....

Good Planets Are Hard to Find is the band's fifth album and features new members on drums, percussion, bass and guitar. The band themselves say that "...the music has a more progressive and melodic element and is less spacey than our previous releases." Oh, maybe I do like space-rock after all, it's just that this is not it. Maybe I should try one of their previous releases.

A key feature of this album is the inclusion of a guest musician, KG West, from the band Siena Root, on sitar. His sitar adorns the whole of the opening and closing tracks, "Good Planets Are Hard to Find" and "MTSST". You may remember that I raved about last year's Siena Root's Far From the Sun, which also featured occasional sitar from Mr.West. Unfortunately, whilst the sitar was beautifully integrated into Siena Root's music, it doesn't really gel with Øresund Space Collective's and both tracks meander pretty aimlessly.

Where this music is at its best is in those sections where the guitar is beefier and the band picks up the pace. "Space Fountain" is the pick of the crop, all the better for its relative brevity: if the remainder of the album was on a par with this then I'd be happier. Elsewhere, in the remaining three tracks, there are high points as the intensity picks up and the synthesizer kicks in. Conversely, when the pace drops, there isn't enough melodic interest, despite what the band say, or enough rhythmic interest to hold attention. Of course, by having no vocals you've already made it more difficult for yourself by discounting probably the most emotive and wonderful instrument, and the complete improvisation is probably not helping either: over 19 minutes of "PP746-3" - why? - it's ok occasionally but, overall, the natural reaction is to wish for the next band to come on!

Overall, then, a disappointment; I was expecting more from this album and will have to visit earlier efforts to determine whether Good Planets Are Hard to Find is just a blip or not. In itself, and even allowing for space-rock's mantric nature, its improvisations just do not justify their duration.

Track Listing:-
1) Good Planets Are Hard to Find (9:43)
2) Space Fountain (8:51)
3) Orbital Elevator (16:12)
4) PP746-3 (19:35)
5) My Heel Has a Beard (6:01)
6) MTSST (19:28)
Added: May 1st 2009
Reviewer: Alex Torres

2½ stars



Genere: Space Rock
Etichetta: Tranbsubstans
Distribuzione: Masterpiece Distribution
Tracce: 5

Il sitar, affiancato dal basso pulsante, introduce "Good Planets Are Hard To Find”, opener di questo disco degli Oresund Space Collective. Le atmosfere arabeggianti evocate catalizzano immediatamente l’attenzione di chi ascolta. Puro space-rock deviato e in continua espansione. Suoni liquidi attraversano queste composizioni che viaggiano su una media di dodici minuti. Sei pezzi dilatati, magnetici, lunghe come un viaggio interstellare. Chi sono gli O. S. C? Un gruppo di musicisti danesi e svedesi, amici di vecchia, che suonano il loro genere preferito. Se non avete tempo da perdere, o preferite l’urgenza di canzoni veloci, lasciate perdere questa avventura, qui i minuti sono davvero tanti e gli effetti stranianti stordiscono. Il disco merita di essere ascoltato in cuffia. Il secondo brano "Space Foutain” mi ricorda le improvvisazioni dei Motorpsycho più psichedelici, durante uno dei loro infuocati live. Queste jam si distendono lente creando quelle sonorità tanto care al prog. Siamo di fronte a otto musicisti capaci di suonare per ore, senza una meta predefinita, manipolando suoni, usando loop. Le chitarre hanno un ruolo rilevante ma a volte, leggermente, defilato rispetto alla mole di effetti che invadono le takes. È chiaro che alla lunga il disco può stancare, soprattutto se non si è avvezzi a certi suoni o se si di calo della soglia d’attenzione. Siamo sicuri di non essere di fronte all’ennesima band che ha voglia di tirare all’infinito idee stiracchiate. La presenza di KG, al sitar, membro dei fantastici Siena Root, impreziosisce ulteriormente un disco ricco di perle space. È difficile capire cosa ci sarebbe da salvare da queste jam se si dovessero scegliere le parti più saliente per incidere un disco classico. Il vostro ruolo di fronte ad un disco del genere è identico a quello di un produttore che deve tirare fuori il meglio da questi minuti diluiti dall’improvvisazione. Il disco merita più di un ascolto per l’alta qualità del songwriting. "Orbital Elevator" esplode in assoli acidi, il suo sound lisergico trascina prepotentemente il vostro cervello verso nuove scoperte. Un po’ meno spacey dei precedenti quattro lavori, e con qualche apertura melodica in più, questo disco sembra aver raggiunto una maturità, forse legata a quello che sembra essere una forma di avvicinamento al formato canzone. L’opera si conclude li dove la title-track si era interrotta. Il sitar, nelle abili mani di KG, ci riporta in quei lidi affiorati dall'immaginario della band. "MTSST" contiene venti minuti di affreschi sonori multicolore. Un piacere per le mente e il corpo risucchiati dal turbine di sensazioni che stimolano la potenza della fantasia. Il gruppo ha anche aperto per gli Hawkwind, che altro vi serve per ascoltarli, che vi regalino una tv LCD cinquanta pollici?

Giuseppe Celano


Io Pages (Dutch Magazine) Review P1 and P2 These are PDF files


Øresund Space Collective - Good Planets Are Hard to Find
April 22, 2009 by Jenn Patton O'Donnell
Category: Albums (and EPs)

Øresund Space Collective - Good Planets Are Hard to Find
Traditional jam bands don’t do much for me — sometimes I just want the damn song to end already! Lengthy instrumentals are most often background noise or unwanted annoyances in my life. But then, sometimes, a band comes along that breaks all of the conventions. The things that annoy you about its peers will perhaps endear you to it. This is the case with Scandinavian Øresund Space Collective, a group featuring Danish, Swedish, and American musicians.

One of the most interesting things about this group is that all of the songs are completely improvised. The group gets together to play free-form space rock music and the members record each jam session. The result is hour after hour of recordings - offered up as mp3s, CD-Rs, and “proper” releases. Good Planets Are Hard to Find was recorded in 2007 with some musicians who had never been in the studio with the rest of the collective, and the recordings were subsequently sent to Steve Hayes (Secret Saucer) to be mixed.

The title track opens this collection of six. KG of Siena Root plays the sitar here, and on the final piece “Mtsst”. Six tracks may seem insubstantial at first, but two of them clock it at nearly 20 minutes and the shortest is a meaty 6 minutes. The layers of “Good Planets Are Hard to Find” are airy and subtle, leading to an interesting juxtaposition with “Space Fountain”, a much more rock-oriented, wailing blues jam. “Orbital Elevator” spins through even more progressive territory, with intergalactic synths and even thicker grooves. The same can be said of “Pp746-3? and “My Heel Has a Beard” as well. While the purely instrumental music is definitely jammy, there’s enough variation here to keep this album from landing in the background noise category. There is plenty of keep your attention, and the bookended sitar tracks are easily my favorites of the brilliant bunch.

It’s thoroughly amazing that all of Good Planets Are Hard to Find came out of improvisation. So many bands agonize over songwriting and have never recorded their music together in one room at one time. Certainly, Øresund Space Collective pick the best stuff to appear on a full-length release such as this, but I can’t imagine the “worst” stuff being very bad at all. Anyone who enjoys jam bands, progressive rock, or space rock should absolutely check out this group - even greater things will continue to come out of these improv sessions.


Øresund Space Collective - Good Planets Are Hard to Find

Oresund Space Collective are not so much a band as an ever-changing club of spacerock jammers from Copenhagen. Despite (or perhaps because of) the revolving door membership, OSC have been prolific in their output, both in terms of quantity and quality. "Good Planets Are Hard To Find" is their fifth album in as many years, and like the others, it clocks in at a maximum disc time of over 79 minutes.

Oresund seem to have only two commandments when it comes to recording material, those being that everything must be improvised and and recorded in just one take (although the sleeve notes admit that there was one solitary overdub on track three, when the synth went out of tune during the jam and a new solo had to be recorded over the top). Band members have such imaginative noms-de-rock as Mogans, Luz, PIB and Dr Space, the sleeve notes indicating that this is the first Space Collective disc not to feature core members of Mantric Muse and Bland Bladen. Instead, new member KG has boarded spaceship OSC, bringing in sitar (amongst other instruments), featured heavily on the opening and closing tracks.

"Good Planets Are Hard To Find" opens with the ten minute title track featuring above-mentioned sitar and a very trippy Eastern vibe. Unlike with other improvisationsal spacerock monsters such as Acid Mothers Temple, Farflung and First Band From Outer Space, the volume controls are not set at eleven with everything louder than everything else. Instead, there is a certain grace and subtlety to the playing, as instruments casually slide in and out of the mix, complementing rather than competing with each other. Thus OSC are less spacerock than head-spinning space fusion, seemingly owing as much to Miles Davis as to Hawkwind.

The nine minute "Space Fountain" and twenty minute "PP746-3" (an enigmatic, if not catchy, title) both have more of a straight ahead "rock" sound, with overdriven guitars layered on top of vintage Hammond B3 and funky bass grooves. "My Heel Has A Beard" (another enigmatic title) is the shortest track on the album, clocking in at a "mere" six minutes, starting off slow and hazy before increasing speed to resemble an instrumental version of Hawkwind's "Uncle Sam's On Mars". Overall, while Oresund Space Collective don't promise to rock your socks off, they will certainly serve as an excellent soundtrack fro drifting through the void.

Pat Albertson (Aural Innovations)


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Aus dem Paralleluniversum Øresund startet das ØRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE seine bereits fünfte Reise in Welten, die nie ein Mensch zuvor gesehen hat. Dabei muss die Region grob zwischen Dänemarks Kopenhagen und Schwedens Malmö ein interessanter Kosmos sein, denn die Reise nach neuen Welten macht wirklich Spaß.

Dabei lebt der Sound des ØRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE ausschließlich von Improvisationen, hier ist nichts zu Hause am Computer oder im Proberaum ausgearbeitet. Die Basisstation der dänisch/schwedischen Flotte ist in Kopenhagen, 2007 landete man wieder dort im Black Tomato Studio und spielte mit einigen neuen Mitgliedern sechs ausufernde, rein instrumentale Space-Jams ein. Dieser Jam-Faktor ist allgegenwärtig, dass die Songs eingeblendet und ausgefadet werden, nimmt man kaum wahr. Hier hat man Steve Hayes (SECRET SAUCER) komplett freie Hand gelassen und es passt. Und es wirkt: man ist sofort gefangen vom psychedelischen Sound, versinkt immer tiefer in den unendlichen Weiten der Klangbilder und ist bald fernab dieser Welt. Kommt die Sitar dazu, dann zieht man auch mal durch orientalische Kolonien. Die in sphärische Klangbilder eingewobene Gitarrenmelodie von "PP746-3" setzt sich so hartnäckig im Kopf fest wie die Alienbrut im Leib von Ellen Ripley.

Egal ob man nun lieber mit alten Helden wie HAWKWIND und ganz frühen PINK FLOYD oder neueren Bands wie FIRST BAND FROM OUTER SPACE oder auch MY SLEEPING KARMA auf Reisen geht, hier wird man in ewig langen Songs durch das All geschickt. Durch das intensive Zusammenspiel kommt nie Langeweile auf - sofern man diesen spacigen Sound mag - und die Welt drumherum findet nicht mehr statt, herrlich. Für Hippies und Space-Freaks absolut zu empfehlen.


Member: ffroyd (Profile) (All Album Reviews by ffroyd)
Date: 5/3/2009
Format: CD (Album)

The collective has gathered once again for another journey into deep space. For those unfamiliar with this outfit, ØSC is an all-improvisational band with an ever-evolving membership. Good Planets Are Hard To Find is the group’s fifth official CD since forming in 2004, not to mention the numerous CD-R recordings and digital downloads there are available. The band plays almost endless jams with lots of synths, echo guitars and other spacey elements.

As with almost every new disc they put out, there are several new members introduced into the music. Most notably here is KG West from the Swedish band Sienna Root who plays some really nice sitar on the opening and closing tracks. He also plays guitar in some other places. The rest of the lineup is Tobias – guitars, Mogens – Hammond and synths, Jocke and Thomas – bass, PIB – drums, Luz – percussion, and Dr. Space – synthesizers.

This is a great disc and should appeal to anyone who has heard ØSC before. I might be tempted to say hat they are not breaking very much new ground here but I’m still very much into this kind of music so I can’t really complain. The songs are a little shorter on this one and that may make them easier to digest. The sitar really helps out quite a bit to give them a fresher sound. Hopefully one of these days the group can make it over to the US for a festival or two. This side of the planet is good to visit too.


Øresund Space Collective
Good Planets Are Hard To Find
Spielzeit: 79:52
Medium: CD
Label: Transubstans Records, 2009
Stil: Space Jam

Review vom 14.04.2009
Joachim 'Joe' Brookes

Das Øresund Space Collective ist sich treu geblieben: Ihr fünftes Album mit dem richtungsweisenden Titel "Good Planets Are Hard To Find" hat man abermals in den Black Tornado Studios eingespielt.
Einige Musiker sind der Band untreu geworden. An den Instrumenten Schlagzeug, Percussion, Bass, Gitarre sowie Sitar gibt es neue Leute.
Und siehe da, nicht nur für das Langhals-Saiteninstrument ist der Siena Root-Mann KG West zuständig.
Für das Mixing gingen die Tapes auf Tour und in Amerika legte Secret Saucer-Musiker Steve Hayes Hand an. Er ist auch für das Synthesizer-Solo in "Orbital Elevator" zuständig, denn Mogens Instrument versagte seine Dienste.
Der Sound wurde von Henrik Udd, der bereits die beiden Vorgänger-Alben unter seinen Fittichen hatte, abgerundet.
Was den Klang der Reise in den Weltraum, auf der Suche nach guten Planeten angeht, ist der mehr als prächtig.
Das Kollektiv schickt uns auf einen herrlichen Trip in Sphären, die unglaublich intensiv auf den Hörer einwirken. Mit äußerstem Fingerspitzengefühl öffnet man dem Reisewilligen die Tür vom ØSC-Flugobjekt und bereits nach wenigen Minuten hält man das Space-Ticket gerne zum Abriss hin.
Im Opener, gleichzeitig auch Titeltrack des mit fast 80 Minuten randvollen Albums, sowie "MTSST" versetzt uns KG West in fernöstliche Trance-Zustände.
Recht schnell verlässt man das Magnetfeld der Erde und begibt sich, am besten mit Kopfhörern ausgestattet, in die Schwerelosigkeit der skandinavischen Space Jam-Produktionsgemeinschaft.
Im Zusammenhang mit schwebenden Zuständen von Bodenhaftung zu schreiben schließt sich an und für sich aus, allerdings ist es, bei aller Leichtigkeit des sich organisch entwickelnden Klanggefüges, schwierig, den Dreh zum Tieftöner zu bekommen.
Wie dem auch sei: Einen derart sanft blubbernden Bass aus ungeahnten Tiefen des Alls (also, geht doch) habe ich schon lange nicht mehr gehört. Die Startphase des Erstlings dauert fast sechs Minuten und der Bass ist es, der butterweich den Take off in noch höhere Sphären einleitet. Links die Sitar, rechts wabbert die verfremdete Gitarre und überall sind die Synthesizer sowie Keyboards unterwegs. Das Schlagzeug setzt zu einer etwas härteren Gangart an und das für die Steuerung des Raumfahrzeugs zuständige Team bewegt den im Cockpit befindlichen Dynamik-Hebel immer weiter nach rechts.
Schichtwechsel beim Bedienungspersonal: Die 'Links-Kanal-Sitar' hat Pause und jetzt servieren die beiden Space-Gitarren.
Vor dem Start hat man nicht nur das Gepäck der Passagiere erschütterungsfrei verzurrt, sondern das Kollektive hat für seine lange Reise auch den Blues nicht vergessen, den sowohl KG wie auch Tobias anzupfen… rechts Wah Wah-pedalt, links verzerrt.
Aus dem Gitarren-Duo schält sich langsam Mogens Hammond zu einem Weltraum-Spaziergang heraus. Die Tasten-Sounds haben durch die beiden 6-Saiter natürlich ständigen Kontakt zur Raumpatrouille. Insgesamt ist "Space Fountain" eine jammige Gitarren-Orgie. Synthesizer sorgen einerseits für herrliches Tinitus-Sausen und andererseits eine kurze tolle Solo-Aktion.
Für bereits erwähnten "Orbital Elevator" verdoppelt man die Arbeitszeit und die Herren im Maschinenraum haben den Befehl zur Beschleunigung auf Warp 4 sofort umgesetzt. Im Schatten eines kleinen Planeten erzeugen die Gitarren ein recht düster riffende Atmosphäre, aus dem man allerdings ziemlich schnell wieder heraus kommt. Für die Mitgereisten servieren KG sowie Tobias jetzt die Longdrinks. Unglaublich, welch Klänge sie mit ihren Arbeitsgeräten erzeugen. Auf der einen Seite dominieren sie das Treiben, auf der anderen ergehen sie sich in der Gemeinsamkeit mit anderen Sound-Körpern. Die Insassen scheinen nicht mehr ganz Herr der Ereignisse zu sein. Wer ist hier wofür zuständig?
Die ØSC-Besatzung war so vorher noch nie gemeinsam auf einem Space-Trip, erfährt man ganz nebenbei. Erstaunlich, wie gut die Hand-in-Hand-Arbeit abläuft.
Für weitere zwanzig Minuten zündet man die Bord-Raketen, gibt dem Raumschiff eine andere Umlaufbahn und nimmt Kurs auf "PP746-3". Es hat den Anschein, als hätte man, aus der Ferne betrachtet, am Rande unserer Galaxie einen Vertrauens-erweckenden Planeten ins Visier genommen. Die Stimmung an Bord ist völlig entspannt. Je näher der Planetoid ins Blickfeld rückt, scheint es bedrohlich zu werden. Ist man einer Fehleinschätzung aufgesessen? Vor den Reisenden kann das Personal seine Nervosität nicht verbergen. Man agiert zunehmend hektischer. Unruhe kommt auf. Am meisten merkt man es dem PIB an. Über die interene Kommunikation gibt ein Großteil der Mannschaft, allen voran wieder die Gitarren-Kellner KG sowie Tobias Entwarnung. Der Baldrian-Part wie geliefert und man entspannt abermals. "PP746-3" ist doch friedlicher, als zunächst angenommen.
In "MTSST" ist die KG-Sitar wieder da und nach einem beeindruckenden Trip werden wir im Sinkflug langsam auf die Rückkehr vorbereitet. In Form eines exotischen Erlebnisses hat Tobias noch eine Überraschung parat. Beim Wiedereinstieg in die Erdatmosphäre rüttelt es einen schon ein wenig durch und man wird mit der leider so bekannten Hektik konfroniert.
Øresund Space Collectives "Good Planets Are Hard To Find" ist, nach Inside Your Head ein weiterer gigantischer Space Jam.
Empehlung: Am Stück hören! Portioniert bringt es das nichts!


ORESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE - Good Planets are Hard to Find
/ paru le 15-04-2009 /
Après "Inside your Head" sorti en 2008, Øresund Space Collective nous propose déjà son 5e album. Ce collectif composé de Danois et de Suédois s'est spécialisé dans le space rock. Inutile de dire qu'ils ont été influencés par des gens tels Hawkwind, Pink Floyd et Tangerine Dream. La base de leur travail provient toujours de sessions d'improvisation.

Le line-up a subi quelques changements et parmi ceux-ci on note l'apport d'un sitar. Voilà qui ajoute de nouvelles couleurs comme le démontre le morceau d'ouverture "Good Planets are Hard to Find", mais également "MTSST" qui clôture l'album. Le résultat est un peu comme si on avait ajouté Ravi Shankar ou son émule George Harrison au line-up de Hawkwind. Intrigant, spatial, hypnotique. Bienvenue dans le voyage intersidéral.

Øresund Space Collective s'est spécialisé dans les morceaux de longue durée, un peu normal pour un groupe qui improvise la plupart du temps. C'est ainsi que la moitié des titres dépassent les dix minutes, deux atteignant les vingt. Pourtant, jamais on ne ressent de lassitude. Tout se déroule à merveille avec toujours ce petit quelque chose qui fait briller l'ensemble et nous permet d'éviter l'ennui. Le groove développé par les deux basses imprime une dynamique irrésistible sur laquelle viennent se greffer des guitares surtout, mais également des claviers, dont un Hammond qui convient parfaitement au style. Un des morceaux les plus irrésistibles est le mystérieux "PP746-3" à l'ambiance floydienne du temps de "A Saucerful of Secrets" et "Meddle", l'occasion d'échanges intenses entre les guitares et les claviers.

Voilà une musique qui vous invite à confortablement vous installer dans votre sofa, toutes lumières éteintes, afin de laisser les ambiances spatiales vous pénétrer, vous hypnotiser. Une musique complètement hors du temps qui fait un bien fou.

Jean-Pierre Lhoir


Øresund Space Collective- Good planets are hard to find

Spacerockbandet Øresund Space Collective har sedan tidigare släppt fyra album och består av ett gäng musiker från Köpenhamn/Malmö-regionen. Man har den här gången plockat in ett antal nya medlemmar och KG från Siena Root gästar på sitar på två av låtarna.
Det är ingen tvekan om att bandet består av kompetenta musiker, men sanningen är att den här typen av musik gör sig så väldigt mycket bättre live. Låtar på upp emot 20 minuter kan på skiva kännas lite väl maffigt och jag tror att den visuella biten hade kunnat höja upplevelsen ett par snäpp till. Rent musikaliskt så kommer man väl inte direkt med några nya omvälvande idéer, men fans av band som Yes, Jethro Tull och Alan Parsons Project borde kunna tilltalas av detta. Mitt tips är att du först ser dem live och sen köper skivan om det du hör och ser faller dig i smaken.

Thomas Rödin


Band: Oresund Space Collective

CD Title: “Good Planets are hard to Find”
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Label: Transubstans Records

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Release Date: 2009

My 18 year old daughter has a thing, where anytime she’s hears a sitar on what I’m listening to, she’ll affectionately call it ‘hippie music’. And she means that in the nicest possible way. Now what I was listening to was the latest release from Oresund Space Collective entitled Good Planets are hard to Find and she had no idea how correct she really was in that description. This is the bands 5th official CD and her ‘hippie’ observations are more accurate than I initially expected. Especially when you understand that hippie music - is to psychedelic music - is to acid rock - is to space music - is exactly what we have here.

It is true that OSC are very much a space-rock band, but I guess you could say that space-rock comes in many shapes and sizes and this time around with their ever revolving set of players the music has taken on a more decided psychedelic feel, especially with the guitar. I was just blown away by the many subtle sixties references. The overall feel is still long-extended musical works that move you to trance like states, but at the same time with the music on Good Planets are hard to Find, you could almost feel the floor moving in one of the San Francisco ballrooms while listening to this stuff. The mix made it even more so, where one instrument would slide out of the picture only to have another slide in with a different riff. It was all very organic and yet still very spacey. But I have to say on this disc the guitars really made it for me; a hint of Quicksilver Messenger Service, a dash of early Pink Floyd and smidgen of Jefferson Airplane…but without the vocals. What we have here are six really long instrumentals; the shortest being a ‘mere’ 6:01 and the longest being 19:28. The sitar I mentioned makes a powerful appearance on the opening and closing tracks and is provided by KG from the band Siena Root. On top of that the music’s overall feel is pretty up-tempo, especially in “Orbital Elevator [16:12] where it starts slow and then just keeps building and building going faster and faster. Wild!

Oresund Space Collective have made it a point to capitalize on their revolving door of members, seeing it as a way to breathe new life into their sound and style. Each disc comes with a completely fresh approach. That’s not something that every group can handle but OSC seem to thrive on it. And if the music on Good Planets are Hard to Find is any indication their formula has a lot of life left in it. This is a great disc; it’s interesting to listen to, sounds good and is played well. Space-rock fans, you’ll want to avail yourself of this disc as soon as humanly or alienly possible


Øresund Space Collective: Good Planets Are Hard to Find
Transubstans Records (Trans 044)

Good Planets Are Hard to Find is the latest studio album by Danish-Swedish improvisational space/psych/kraut rock group Øresund Space Collective and it was released in february. Now the instrumantation also includes sitar for the first time and it's played by Siena Root's KG who also plays some guitar and Hammond. The familiar synth player Ola is not involved on this disc, but Dr. Space and Mogens make sure that there are enough of those psychedelic space sounds in there. In addition to KG, the guitar is only played by Tobias, so the sitar tracks don't have that much guitar. As always, the music on this album was recorded live with just one take and fully improvised, and then they have picked the best pieces from the recordings to be used later on.

The title track ”Good Planets Are Hard to Find” is an amazing sitar jam that's totally new for the band. They have given lots of space for the great sitar playing and other elements are mostly just bass, light drums and delicate guitar. Apart from the occasional space sounds there are no synthesizers or keyboards. Towards the end the going gets a bit more energetic, and the very end gets you in trance... Excellent stuff! ”Space Fountain” is a mid-tempo acid rock jam, that also has some organ sounds and a superb synth solo in the end. There's also plenty of great guitar playing and space sounds. ”Orbital Elevator” is a really groovy, electric, up-beat and very psychedelic piece, that rocks very well. This sort of reminds me of Ozric Tentacles. Space rock, baby! The more peaceful, celestial part in the middle is pure ecstasy. Some of the best stuff on the album, and we will start to see those good planets by now for sure...

The Pretty slow ”Pp746-3” includes for example great synth melodies and organ sounds. At around the four-minute-marker the going starts to get more powerful and we can hear some hypnotic rocking. The percussion work offers a nice extra feel during the guitar solo. It's also very nice that the boys have been brave enough to incorporate some more chord variation. Later on there is a swinging ¾ time signature going on. The funnily entitled ”My Heel Has a Beard” is the album's shortest, only six minutes and something long hallucinatory jam that doesn't necessarily take you anywhere but what matters here is the trip in itself. The Eastern sitar stuff continues on the last, under 20 minutes long piece called ”MSTTS”. Just like on the opener, also here the sitar gets lots of room, but there is still some more guitar on this one, especially towards the end. The track also includes percussion. The going gets more intense and those cosmic space sounds that Dr. Space was first let to mess with at Dark Sun's rehearsal place ten years ago are all over the place... This is a very strong and successful ending for this new OSC album that I'd dare to say is their best in many ways. It seems like the band will come back to Finland this autumn for a couple of gigs so go and experience this improvisation being also live on stage. In Finland, the albums are available for example from
20.06.09 by Dj Astro


Oresound space collective - Good planets are hard to find (Space-rock) (Hungarian blog site)

A minium kilenctagú zenekar szerepelt már itt, a The black tomato lemezzel. Amit érdemes tudni az az, hogy 2004-ben alakultak, azóta ez a sorban ötödik nagylemezük.
A banda próbái összefüggo jammelések, amelyek rögzítésre is kerülnek, és amit ingyenesen letölthetové tesznek a honlapjukon ami eddig több mint 35 órányi anyag. Ez is egy beolvasott bakelit, amely ezer példányban jelent meg.
A korábbi lemezekhez képest talán progresszívebb, és tömörebb lett az album, viszont egy dinamikus, és vibráló anyagot alkottak, mely egy hosszú, és mesés zenei utazást igér. A space-rock maradt, és a tagok is általában szabadon improvizálnak, de a funk, jazz, reggae hatása máig érzodik rajtuk.
A nyitó és a záró felvételen KG szerepel a Siena root-ból, és csodás szitárjátékkal kápráztatja el a hallgatót. Varázslatos, és felejthetelen alkotás.


Good Planets are Hard to Find - Øresund Space Collective
By Giulia Gasparato on Jun 22, 2009 in Album, Recensioni

Un collettivo formato da nove musicisti, chitarre, synth, bassi e percussioni; lunghissime jam session, votate completamente all’improvvisazione e registrate di volta in volta: con questo sistema, l’Øresund Space Collective, formato nel 2004, ha già realizzato ben cinque album. La loro ultima fatica, Good planets are hard to find, figlia di questo metodo, racchiude sei brani per ottanta minuti di musica. Danesi, svedesi, americani, questi musicisti si uniscono per suonare, spesso affiancati da una miriade di collaboratori e strumenti aggiuntivi. Non c’è un genere imposto a prescindere: le composizioni, completamente strumentali, variano dal rock psichedelico all’elettronica, mantenendo quasi sempre un groove vagamente funk. I brani sono spesso molto lunghi, si arriva fino ai venti minuti, e non di rado mutano al loro interno. Un’alternanza di strumenti che a turno sembrano prendere il sopravvento, anche se la chitarra non manca mai di farsi sentire. Svetta spesso il suono del sitar, che sospende le musiche tra echi spaziali e richiami agli anni ‘70, dai momenti più psichedelici dei Beatles ai deliri di Frank Zappa. L’intero progetto si riconduce così a quel filone “spaziale” che già aveva interessato altre storiche band.
Si tratta di un’opera non di facilissimo ascolto, considerata anche la lunghezza dei brani che a volte inciampano nella ripetitività. Ad ogni modo, l’Øresund Space Collective riesce a creare atmosfere suggestive e, vista la particolarità dei suoni e degli intenti, si merita almeno un ascolto.


Øresund Space Collective "Planets are hard to Find" (transubstans Records, VÖ: 25.03.2009)

Planeten sind schwer zu finden. Und weil sie schon mal fündig geworden sind, bleiben sie auch auf der Erde. Das Øresund Space Collective hat seine neue Platte 79:54 Minuten lang werden lassen. Die Zeit verstaut sich in 6 Songs, drei davon sind weit über 15 Minuten lang, die drei "kurzen" zwischen 5 und 10.
Mit ihrem schwebenden Waber-Space-Mobil hatte die Band sich jüngst über dem inspirativen Indien in Hab-Acht-Stellung gebracht und die Lauscher ganz weit geöffnet, dabei sind beatleske Indientöne und Psychedelic Rock mit eingefangen worden, was dem persönlichen Sound der extraterrestrischen Klangexperten, dem Spacerock, einen netten Beigeschmack gibt.
Über Indien haben sich jedoch auch Drogenschwaden gesammelt, die das Team ganz dröge im Kopf gemacht haben. So wurden die Songs lang und länger, ohne dass mehr Inhalt hinein kam. Die epische Weite findet zwar immer wieder ein paar Asteroiden und Weltraummüll zum durch die Gegend kicken, aber insgesamt ist der Raum so groß, dass sämtliche Ultragroßideen darin wie verschwindend kleine Bakterien wirken.
Indien, Weltraum, Psychedelic Rock, Space Rock, Øresund Space Collective - auf dem Herzberg wird die Nacht damit kurz, ob die düstere Bude zu Hause diese gemächlich schlendernde Soundmixtur mag, liegt einzig an eurer Klimaanlage.



Time Magazine 4 (Germany)

Good Planets Are Hard to Find 2009 (CD Transubstans Rec)
This is the latest studio album by Danish-Swedish improvisational space/psych/kraut rock group Øresund Space Collective. As always, the music on this album was recorded live with just one take and fully improvised, and then they have picked the best pieces from the recordings to be used later on. Now the instrumantation also includes sitar for the first time and it’s played by Siena Root’s KG who also plays some guitar and Hammond. Title track “Good Planets Are Hard to Find” is an amazing sitar jam that’s totally new for the band. “Space Fountain” is a mid-tempo acid rock jam, that also has some organ sounds and a superb synth solo in the end. “Orbital Elevator” is a really groovy, electric, up-beat and very psychedelic piece, that reminds me of Ozric Tentacles. The Pretty slow “Pp746-3” includes great synth melodies and organ sounds. The funnily entitled “My Heel Has a Beard” is the album’s shortest, only six minutes and something long hallucinatory jam that doesn’t necessarily take you anywhere but what matters here is the trip in itself. The Eastern sitar stuff continues on the last, under 20 minutes long piece called “MSTTS”. This is a very strong and successful ending for this new OSC album that I’d dare to say is their best in many ways. DJ.ATime Magzine


Karnataka – The Gathering Light
The Watch – Planet Earth?
Motion Theory - Featherhead
Supernal Endgame – Touch The Sky ~ Volume I
Olivier Feuillerat Projekt – Stories For An Open Mind
Maudlin Of The Well – Part The Second
Alamaailman Vasarat - Huuro Kolkko
Asher Quinn – Forgotten Language Of The Heart
Moonlight Sky – Moonlight Sky
Moonlight Sky – I Am
The Barstool Philosophers – Sparrows
Øresund Space Collective - Good Planets Are Hard To Find


Karnataka – The Gathering Light Country of Origin: UK
Format: CD
Record Label: Immrama Records
Catalogue #: KTK CD0005
Year of Release: 2010
Time: 66:06
Info: Karnataka
Samples: Click here

Tracklist: The Calling (1:59), State Of Grace (8:53), Your World (7:48), Moment In Time (6:53), The Serpent And The Sea (10:21), Forsaken (12:24), Tide To Fall (5:36), The Gathering Light (14:12)

This is Karnataka’s fifth release but comes some 7 years after their previous studio offering, DPRP Recommended Delicate Flame Of Desire (2003). Since then, the band have split, somewhat acrimoniously, and reformed with the only surviving member, Ian Jones, carrying the name forwards and onwards in a completely new incarnation consisting of Lisa Fury (vocals), Ian Harris (drums), Gonzalo Carerra (keyboards) & Enrico Pinna (lead & acoustic guitars). What this new line-up has created is an album of astonishing beauty and precision-crafted excellence.

In the very broadest sense, the material here is consistent with previous releases in that it is hugely atmospheric and has a kind of understated ‘Celtic/Traditional music’ wash that will serve to keep old fans of the band content and happy. The wonderfully ubiquitous Troy Donockley makes a guest appearance on four of the tracks (The Calling, Moment In Time, Forsaken and The Gathering Light), bringing his piping, whistling goodness to the game with the assurance that only a tried and tested specialist can afford. Similarly, Hugh McDowell (ELO), contributes cello to the opulent, ethereal and graceful string arrangements that appear on State Of Grace, Moment In Time, Forsaken, Tide To Fall and The Gathering Light. However, I’m sure Karnataka would like to develop a new audience too and The Gathering Light may just be the album to springboard them to wider acclaim.

Predominantly, all eight tracks are tender, cultivated, mid-tempo, soothing and redolent pieces. However, it is in the details of the individual musicians that the magic of The Gathering Light surely resides. Of the new players, Enrico Pinna furnishes every track with radiant and towering guitar parts that sing of Andy Latimer, Steve Hackett and David Gilmour but laced with his own musical personality. He brings expression, sensitivity and emotion to his playing so that the guitar melodies could be considered in the same way as vocal lines. Gonzalo Carrera has contributed his compositional skills to three of the tracks (State Of Grace, Your World and The Gathering Light) and his overall contribution to the album colours every moment with his truly wonderful keyboard arrangements. Every track is alive with a host of acoustic characters that create an incredibly rich canvas of textures, colours, shading and tones. Rhythms, pulses, swells and sonic shapes glimmer and coruscate in a constant interplay of shifting and evolving musical backdrops to fashion dense atmospherics; oceans of sound, teeming with flashing, exquisite and exotic musical lifeforms. I cannot overstate the importance of the keyboards to the overall sound and they are stunning. It’s not mellotrons and analog lead synths, but together, Ian Jones and Carerra have authored some of the best electronic, programmed arrangements I think I have ever heard. It really is that good.

These lead characters (guitars and keys) are supported throughout by a dynamic and articulate rhythm section. I’m a big fan of The Flower Kings, and Jonas Rheingold in tandem with any of the stellar drummers he partners always provides a whole other listening dimension. Ian Jones and Ian Harris achieve something comparable here. Jones’ tasteful and melodic bass is sometimes lyrical and complex, at others robust, full and weight-bearing, whilst Harris shifts seamlessly between steady and ballistic with the sort of élan I would normally reserve for the likes of Zoltan Csorsz or Nick D’Virgilio. This is sensitive, intelligent and technically dazzling musicianship but never showy or ostentatious for the sake of it, every flourish is integrated and organic. The epic Forsaken is testament to all of this and, for me, the stand out track of the album.

Crowning the whole affair is Lisa Fury’s vocal work. She contributes emotional depth and passionate delivery with technical brilliance putting her up there with some of the best female vocalists, not only of this generation, but amongst those who have gone before and left their distinctive mark within the genre. In a general sense, Karnataka tread the path laid by Clannad, Iona, Enya, Dead Can Dance and, more recently, Mostly Autumn. So, Lisa certainly has the sort of range and timbre of singers like Heather Findlay and, in case you are wondering, is every inch a replacement for the charms of Rachel Jones. Whilst I can easily draw comparisons, Lisa’s voice is beautiful, magnetic, charismatic and haunting in its own right. Add to this the credits she receives for her lyrics (which are evocative though otherwise unremarkable, it’s in her larynx that they blossom into life, not on the page) and we clearly have an extremely talented and creative personality who can hopefully hang around to develop and front the profile of the band into the future.

And this leads me into my concluding thoughts. Could this be the breakthrough album for Karnataka? It certainly deserves to be. It crosses boundaries by being accessible and affecting with gorgeous melodies, sumptuous arrangements and absolutely stunning production to give the whole album a highly accomplished and commercial sheen. With the appropriate support, the potential appeal of The Gathering Light is enormous. I can’t imagine it appealing to many young men, it’s not edgy enough, or particularly relevant in any way. But it is beautiful and mountainous and oceanic in scale. As delicate as crystal and as solid, tactile and evocative of grandeur as marble, this is a palpable, poignant, sensuous and impressive musical experience. Without a doubt, my album of 2010 so far.

Conclusion: 9 out of 10



Øresund Space Collective - Good Planets Are Hard To Find Country of Origin: Sweden/USA
Format: CD
Record Label: Record Heaven
Catalogue #: TRANS044
Year of Release: 2009
Time: 80:50
Info: Øresund Space
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Tracklist: Good Planets Are Hard To Find (9:43), Space Fountain (8:51), Orbital Elevator (16:12), PF747-3 (19:35), My Heel Has A Beard (6:01), MTSST (19:28)

I reviewed Øresund Space Collective's It's All About Delay a while back and many of the comments from that review are still applicable to this review too. The music is outtakes from the band basically jamming in the studio. This time round the tracks are shorter and confined to one disc. It's more of the same style and approach where a (spacey) groove is set, with musicians taking turns playing solos. If you are looking for focused prog, angular riffing and the like, this probably won't be to your tastes. I think that this single CD of shorter improvisations is a much better package to sell. If it is priced accordingly then should be on your 'punt list'.

The opening title track Good Planets Are Hard To Find is a superb slow noodling, 'spacey chilled blues vibe', with ethnic sitar and bubbles. It builds up nicely and sounds like a great band jamming, which of course it is. Space Fountain fades in with some lovely Hendrix-esque distorted bluesy guitar licks, nothing revolutionary, just good music. Orbital Elevator is more aggressive with some upbeat driving heavy bass and drums mixed beneath crazy 'analogue' sounding synths and multiple guitars soloing.

I love some of the crazy titles like My Heel Has A Beard and PF747-3 even looks like the secret code that should be used to activate the ignition button on the Space Shuttle :-) It's also a bit more of a manic track, quite different to the first two.

It's very interesting and really for fans of extended jamming with no vocals . There's always lots going on, with lots of loosely similar ideas. I think it's great and deserves a place in anyone's collection who's a fan of early Floyd, Gong, Ozrics and hippy festival music. I'd love to see what these guys can do with some 'real focus', but perhaps this is what it is? I can't give it a full DPRP 'prog' recommendation, but I give it my own 'check it out' recommendation for it's style.

Conclusion: 7 out of 10