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- The Red Eyed Queen by Space Spectrum
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On the inner sleeve of this LP, in light grey type that you don't immediately notice, are printed the words "listening advice: best played very high.". 'The Red Eyed Queen' is on my record player as I type this and I'm pretty sure The Space Spectrum aren't talking about volume. This is slow'n'smoky cosmic stoner rock carved out in languid lazy spirals over a single 36-minute track which spans both sides of this LP.
It starts out pretty spacey, settling into a minimal, hesitant groove with some atmospheric bleeps and wibbles from a synth, gradually developing in a drawn-out psych-jam crescendo with bright synth bloops trading off against a swampy wah-laden guitar sludge as the rhythm section plod mercilessly in a slightly dubby psych rock churn. Then the guitarist eases off and the synth guy gets a chance to have some fun with some dinky little call and response melodies between some bloopy sounds and some plinky sounds that's dead satisfying and sees us through to the end of side 1.
'Part II' on the second side seems to be a separate track actually, I guess this is a piece in two movements, or just two mammoth studio jams. It starts with a slow krautrock chug and once again some great work from the synth dude, he seems to be their secret weapon that elevates them from competent space rock chuggers into this many-armed cosmic bong monster, and the other guys know he's good and hang back and vibe off him until it's time to get swampy. I'm into it.
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