Oresund Space Collective - Live At Roadburn 2010
(Space Rock Productions 003, April 2011, Ean: 5706274003239)
2011 marks the release of three new albums from Scandanavia's Oresund Space Collective, an outfit that specialises in completely improvised spacerock music. Made up of players from Denmark and Sweden, but with a rather loose membership, the band formed in April 2004, and have released a steady stream of studio albums and live CD-Rs since that time. In fact, differentiating between OSC's live and studio work seems almost artificial, since every gig and studio session features free-form jamming, as opposed to (for example) live shows and albums being merely in-concert versions of previously-released studio material. Of these three albums, two are studio recordings from the same massive October 2008 session that also brought us "Slip Into The Vortex", while the other is a live show from last year's appearance at the Roadburn Festival in Holland.
OSC's ninth album "Live At Roadburn 2010" is a vinyl-only live offering, with five tracks spread across four sides. The Collective opened the 2010 Roadburn Festival, and had apparently packed out the venue twenty minutes into their set, about the amount of time it took them to play their first number, suitably entitled "Roadburn Jam". As far as I am aware, none of this music has appeared on any of their previous studio albums, the audience being treated to a series of compositions by the six musicnauts currently making up the core band. In fact, the first sign that this is even a live recording doesn't appear until the twelve minute mark, when one of the band members offers up some festival-introducing chat. 15 minutes in, and the jam reaches thrilling intensity with an extended wah-wah guitar solo running through the music. After some band introductions by Dr Space, side two begins quietly with "Reintroduce The Snakes To Ireland", which seagues into "Volcanoes And Ash", named for the Eyjafjallajokull Icelandic volcano that exploded on 14th April 2010, the day before the festival opened, wrecking havoc on travel plans which caused some bands to miss their festival gigs, while OSC themselves were stranded in Holland for a couple of extra days. At twelve minutes in length, "Reintroduce The Snakes" proceeds from sparse emptiness to high octane riffage, while "Volcanoes" is more synth -ocussed for much of its length. Mercifully, and despite featuring in a festival that focusses strongly on the many sub-genres of metal, OSC never lose their funkiness and lightness of touch, and "Global Freakout In Tilburg" features intricate guitar picking, and an almost country feel to it, at least in the first half of its 16 minute length, whereupon it metamophoises into a dub improvisation. At its conclusion, the band promises to play some heavy stuff, although the resultant jam fades out after only a minute or so, at the close of the third vinyl side. Side four features a 15 minute "Farvel" with some Gong-style glissando guitar which builds up to a frantic finale. There are currently no plans to release this set on CD, and the time restrictions of the vinyl format means that one number, "Jam For Tobias" (their sound mixer) was unable to be included. Should a CD release follow (as is very much hoped will be the case), the missing track will be restored to its rightful place.
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Pat Albertson http://www.aural-innovation.com
Dead Man in Space
Live at Roadburn
Sleeping with the Sunworm
Space Rock Productions
“We are Oresund Space Collective and we play totally improvised space rock”.
Oresund Space Collective is a pure space-rock band with members from Denmark
and Sweden. Their first album was released back in 2006! Dead Man in Space was
released in January of 2010, in 300 vinyl copies. The cd release I hold has
a new remix of the album plus the unreleased who tripped on the c(h)ord? High
pilots is the opener song of the cd, 32:30 long (11 min longer than vinyl release),
a total trippy song that brings in mind Spacious Mind. It is an incredible track
that gonna make you run to buy a pair of headphones and melt all your brain
cells! Additionally who tripped on the c(h)ord? flashes psychedelic slides inside
us!! GREAT! Also space jazz jam mixes perfectly psych with space and jazz. Plus,
dead man in space is a space freak out song full of synth and vocals. Live at
Roadburn is a 2XLP (only 500 copies) recorded live album at Roadburn festival
2010. Has 5 long tracks: roadburn jam (20.51), reintroduce the snakes to ireland-Volcanoes
and ash (22.10), global freakout in tilburg (16.19), farvel (15.09)! Travel
on with space rock jamming, leading synths and guitar plus scattered dub elements!
Sleeping with the Sunworm (digipack 500 copies) is a 56 min track divided in
three parts. The first part is relaxing, quite psychedelic, longs 12 min. In
the other two parts, Oresund Space Collective using endless jamming with guitar
solo and synth, push their musical spacecraft outside universe. Very good!!!
Endlich ein Live-Album von Øresund Space Collective (ØSC). Welch
ein Happening! Die Band trat 2010 beim Roadburn-Festival im 013 im niederländischen
Tilburg auf. "Live At Roadburn 2010" erscheint als Doppel-Vinyl (im
Gatefold verpackt), limitiert auf 500 Exemplare.
Das Kollektiv improvisiert frei und somit sind die Songs, in beide Richtungen gedacht, einmalig. Hier sind wieder einmal Kopfhörer und vielleicht ein Weltraumatlas zum Durchblättern angesagt, denn ØSC verstehen es, mit dem Eröffnungsstück von fast einundzwanzig Minuten zu rocken, dass es die Planeten fast aus ihren Umlaufbahnen wirft. Oh Mann, was machen diese spacig-rockenden Gitarren Laune. Die Synthesizer fiepsen und zwitschern um die Wette, was das Zeug hält. So fett rockend habe ich die Band über diese Distanz noch nicht gehört. Erst ganz am Ende des ersten Tracks lässt man die Luft aus dem prall gefüllten Ballon und endlich hört man zum Beispiel durch die Bandvorstellung auch die Stimme von Dr. Space.
Mit "Reintroduce The Snakes To Ireland" wird es besinnlicher, aber nicht minder spannend. Man kann sich bei der Space-Musik auf viele Klänge gefasst machen, aber der Hörer sollte vielleicht auch auf das versierte Trommeln des Schlagzeugers PIB konzentrieren. Wie der auf die Bandmates eingeht oder dem Jam auch selber eine Wendung gibt, ist schon außerordentlich gut. Dem zuletzt genannten Track hat man aus damaliger Aktualität eine Erweiterung in Form von "Volcanoes And Ash" angedeihen lassen. Einen Tag vor dem Roadburn-Gig gab der isländische Vulkan Eyjafjallajökull bedrohliche Lebenszeichen von sich und einigen Bands war es nicht möglich, beim Festival aufzutreten. Anders erging es ØSC, denn die kamen für zwei Tage nicht vom Fleck. Aber Tilburg ist auch eine schöne Stadt. Das Artwork der LP und viele Teile des Konzerts sind von den Kräften des Vulkanausbruchs geprägt.
Die Musiker sind wahre Soundtüftler vor dem Herrn. Es ist immer wieder faszinierend, wie sich Klänge entfalten und auch auf der zweiten Seite der Doppel-LP entwickelt sich eine Dynamik ohne doppelten Boden. Da werden alle Scheunentore geöffnet und es muss für jeden Musiker eine wahre Freude sein, Freiräume ohne Ende mit hervorragenden Klängen ausfüllen zu dürfen.
"Live At Roadburn 2010" ist ein ØSC-Festival für sich. Bestechend ist es, wenn man zwischen den Synthesizern eine bodenständige Orgel (ist es eine Hammond?) hört. Groove und nochmals Groove ... und auch Blues-lastige Ausflüge hat das Kollektiv drauf. Man kann sich an den Ideen einfach nicht satthören ... Deep-Space. Am Ende der zweiten Seite bringt Dr. Space zum Ausdruck, dass es eine Ehre ist, zum bereits fünften Mal in Folge bei dem Festival dabei zu sein.
Nach der Hälfte des Albums erwarten uns noch zwei Tracks mit einer Spielzeit von um die fünfzehn Minuten und bei einem Titel wie "Global Freakout In Tilburg" ahnt man quasi schon, was auf einen zukommt. Herrlich, wie sich wieder einmal aus einer sphärischen Eröffnung ein Orkan entwickelt. Das ist dann im Vergleich zum Free Jazz eine Free-Space-Hymne par excellence. Die Schubkraft nach der ersten Rock-Raketenstufe nutzt man für eine ruhigere Orientierung und dann lässt es die Band abermals krachen. Undefinierbar, aber schlichtweg sehr gut treibt das ØSC-Raumschiff noch heftigeren Ausbrüchen entgegen.
"Farvel", eine viertelstündige 'Verabschiedung' ... kenne ich auch aus der Verwandtschaft, aber hier geht es nicht so gemächlich zu. Da vergeht die Zeit im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes wie in einem turbulenten Flug. Furios endet die Platte und bei dieser allumfassenden Live-Performance komme ich einfach nicht um eine Tipp-Grafik herum. Das ist gigantisch, kolossal, was der Hörer auf den vier Seiten von "Live At Roadburn 2010" geboten bekommt.
9 out of 10
Magnus (space guitar)
Nick (space guitar)
Dr. Space (synthesizer)
PIB (drums, percussion)
Roadburn Jam (20:52), Side B: Reintroduce The Snakes To Ireland/Volcanoes And Ash (22:11)
Global Freakout In Tilburg (16:20), Side D: Farvel (15:10)
Øresund Space Collective- Live at Roadburn Festival 2010/
Space Rock Productions (SRP 003)
The Danish-Swedish psychedelic and instrumental improvisation collective OSC has now their own record label Space Rock Productions to help putting out their albums. I wish good luck and lots of success for the label! Within a few months they have released there albums one of which is a double vinyl.
Øresund Space Collective opened up the Roadburn Festival in 2010 by playing at the relatively small Bat Cave. Apart from one jam that couldn’t fit on this double vinyl album, this release includes the whole, excellent gig that also I was digging there. The volcano is Island had just erupted and many bands and a large part of the audience were never able to make it to the festival. OSC has taken the volcano theme part of this release in a couple of track titles as well as on the cover picture. The A side is filled with “Roadburn Jam” that is pretty groovy, danceable stuff also including some more laid-back sections. I’m sure all Ozric Tentacles fans will like this! ”Reintroduce the Snakes to Ireland” is quite chilled-out, pleasant jamming that starts to rock in space rock style alter on and even gets pretty wild. It takes us straight to the B sides second track “Volcanoes and Ash” that is rather progressive stuff. ”Global Freakout in Tilburg” starts off with synth drone and gradually starts to move. This one has some excellent delay guitar and plenty of groovy rhythms. On side D we’ve got “Farvel” that takes the listeners into deep space with its mystical tones. Closer to the end they rock so hard that my head is about to explode, amazing! It would be nice to hear this kind of really intensive tight and heavy jamming by these guys more often. This is an awesome release in all aspects so get it fast since it’s a limited edition of 500 copies.
Buy these albums for example from Record Heaven who is their distributor. There
are also three new vinyl releases coming out on Swedish Kommun 2 label...
15.07.11 by Dj Astro
Oresund Space Collective: Live at Roadburn 2010
Space rock specialists Øresund Space Collective's latest release has the band performing at the Roadburn Festival on April 15th, 2010 at the Bat Cave, Tilburg, Holland. For those of you unfamiliar with the European band, they play a brand of freely improvised space/psychedelic rock that is well suited to a live setting. The band has been very busy in 2011 having already re-released Dead Man in Space on CD and a new studio album Sleeping With the Sunworm is set for a late summer release. Both CDs are reviewed on this site.
If you dig moody, atmospheric build-ups, extended psychedelic/space rock guitar jams and plenty of synth and keyboard interplay, loaded with spacey sound effects, you will really enjoy Live at Roadburn 2010. Although this is a fully improvised performance, the music never feels directionless or without purpose, as every note and musical passage is fully realized. All the players are very good at what they do and the musicianship cannot be faulted.
The album consists of 4 long jams, totaling over seventy-four minutes of space driven music for your listening pleasure, beginning with "Roadburn Jam", a song steeped in musical build-ups and mind bending synths with lots of psychedelic infused guitar. The band's approach is slightly moodier in the twenty-two minute "Reintroduce the Snakes to Ireland/Volcanoes and Ash". Atmospheric guitar parts and a crisp bottom end leads to jazzier explorations before the guitar crunch sets in. Some of the synth work reminded me of '70s Pink Floyd.
The album's last song is the aptly titled "Farvel", meaning 'goodbye' in Danish. This one has a Middle Eastern guitar flavour and is another strong track and is a fabulous send off to what is a very good live album.
Live at Roadburn 2010 is another mandatory listen for space rock fans as this band excels in a live setting. If you cannot get out to see the band live, give this one a spin, you will not be disappointed.
*Although this review is of a CD promo, Live at Roadburn 2010 is only released as a vinyl double set, limited to 500 copies.*
1. Roadburn Jam/Band Intros
2. Reintroduce the Snakes to Ireland/Volcanoes and Ash
3. Global Freakout in Tilburg
Added: June 20th 2011
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Score: 3.5 out of 5
Øresund Space Collective- Live at Roadburn 2010 Vinyl
Review by Gary Hill
This disc, as one might guess, a live album, from OSC is available only on vinyl, a two record set. It’s got some killer space rock as only OSC can deliver. While those not extremely familiar with the space rock genre might think that OSC is essentially a Hawkwind-copy, that’s not true. Sure, space rock always conjures Hawkwind as they are arguably the quintessential space rock band, but OSC’s sound is unique, too. One of the coolest thing about this band is the fact that all their recordings are completely improvised. That means you’ll never hear the same song twice from these guys. They combine the space rock sound with a jam band sensibility taken to the extreme in that respect.
Track by Track Review
Disc 1 – Side 1
Space brings this in rhythmically. Then an almost funky bass rises up and takes it into a more rocking space territory. They take us through a number of space rock changes, but it’s all very organic. Sure, comparisons to Hawkwind are valid, but really this goes a lot more into an almost fusion sound than that. There are moments here that call to mind the jammy side of Zappa and some other sections that might bring up echoes of Grand Funk Railroads more exploratory side. Of course, it’s all space rock and all OSC. A lot of this works in the mellower side, but it rises up at various points towards rock. There’s a little spoken bit (talking to the crowd) in the middle of this. It fires out to some of the most rocking sounds yet later down the road. At the end of the jam it drops to some ambient space as band introductions are made. That takes it out.
Disc 1 – Side 2
Reintroduce the Snakes to Ireland
Mellow space meets jazz motifs open this and it builds up gradually from there. It’s quite organic, but there is also plenty of space keyboards built into it. The rhythm section really drives this nicely. It starts rocking out pretty nicely after a time with the bass pulling it along. Some killer melodic keyboards riff over the top with a psychedelia meets fusion sound. It rocks out big time from that section. It resolves out to something not that far removed from a cross between Hawkwind and Iron Butterfly as it keeps building. Then it works down to mellower sounds. That movement allows for the transition to the next piece. In fact, they work together almost as one track.
Volcanoes and Ash
Bass guitar brings this in from the previous number. It works into a killer rock groove with a lot of space. As the rhythm section pulls it along a cool path guitar and keys bring the space over the top. As is typical with space rock, nothing changes quickly here, but rather it moves organically from one thing to another with waves of sound being the real alteration. That said, this gets pretty noisy with space weirdness later. As it gets more melodic from there that distortion laden element returns. Different instruments lead the way at different points.
Disc 2 – Side 1
Global Freakout in Tilburg
After some stage chatter some space keyboards start us off. Other sounds are heard as rising and falling waves as this starts to build in killer space ways. Echoey guitar comes in later and seems destined to take it in new directions. As this continues to rise up gradually, there seem to be some hints of Celtic sounds at points. Still, it’s basically a fusion-tinged space rock jam as it works upwards. It gets quite a rocking motif as this builds. Some screaming, twisting guitar sounds take it later. That doesn’t last forever, though, and they move it out to a more playful, mellower space jam after a time. Just let you go and you’ll find this section to be a lot of fun. After a time, though, they announce, “OK, we’ve got about a half hour left, we’re going to try to play some heavy stuff,” and a hard rocking droning takes over. As this droning continues keyboards and percussion seem to fight for control. The percussion gets quite involved as they continue. That segment eventually takes it out.
Disc 2 – Side 2
On the spoken introduction here, there is a parental advisory in terms of the monologue. They bring this in gradually with space and psychedelia blending in an upwardly spiraling jam. After a time the bass drives it in a new direction. Some of the keyboards coming over later really do bring a Hawkwind element to the table. Of course, when it’s space rock such comparisons are inevitable. After working through with some varying space sounds this works out to some killer guitar dominated jamming later. They really take this one through some of the coolest sections of the whole set. It’s inspired, spacey and very cool. The closing movement itself is extremely powerful.