A heavy astral fuzz leeks out of this split from Mugstar & The Cosmic Dead. Split features both bands tramitting there spacious vibes. Liverpool's Mugstar kick the record off with an 18 minute dive into the outer reaches of the cosmos, driving loops spuring this dark stoner-rock jam. Glaswegians The Cosmic Dead follow with a 20 minute journey propped up by funky basslines and spacey synths. Think Wooden Shjips vs NASA . Out on 12' vinyl from Evil Hoodoo.
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 07 November 2014
Ladies and gentlemen we are riffing in space. This collaboration comes from Mugstar and the Cosmic Dead, two bands who would rather be floating through the ether than hanging out on earth -- although if they have to be here, they’ll be busy smoking cigarettes, screwing things up between guitar and ambience, and ripping off Sonic Youth artwork -- sonic kinda rhymes with cosmic, after all.
Mugstar’s side of proceedings shows a versatile band at work, disguising their experimental tendencies with a locked-in psych groove, scratchy guitar explosions and that standard fare, economical drumbeat we’ve become accustomed to hearing in this genre. Before long, though, they’ve become entrenched in a meditative haze, their second instrumental beginning with a shimmering guitar drone that eventually transitions into a more structured, but equally methodologically paced composition. It’s not the most exciting work of their career, but it’s some of the most assured.
The Cosmic Dead, meanwhile, sound like they’ve measured out Mugstar’s material and decided to play it safe, returning to the same pace and vibe as if they were psych rock interns shadowing professionals. Its slightly more overt tinges of krautrock carry us through this space odyssey and keep on keeping on. Psych rock that just... does the job? Far out, man.
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