Taken from 2014’s full length album, Cosmic Ground’s 12” boasts an A side of Deadlock - styled after some dark 70s style Germanic droning psychedelic played on a variety of vintage analogue musical equipment. The B side sees the release of the download only track Decay finally on vinyl for the first time. On Deep Distance.
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- Deadlock / Decay by Cosmic Ground
8/10 Robin Staff review, 14 May 2015
Let’s kick back with some komische, folks. Cosmic Ground is the project of Dirk Jan Muller, a psychedelic artist more interested in the genre’s stretched out electronic disciplines. “Deadlock”, the first piece to feature on this record, is an analogue-based drone founded on warm but sharp tones, the kind that are performed too loud and intensely to be meditative but steer clear of dark ambient trappings. You can hear the track bubbling, hungry for change, and Muller develops it ever so subtly, introducing a subliminal rhythm worthy of Tangerine Dream on ‘Rubycon’. You thought drone prog was a thing of the past, but this is the sound of a future.
“Decay” is serendipitously titled considering that its foggy ambience recalls much of the music on Students of Decay, from Secret Pyramid’s melodicism to Sarah Davachi’s synth intensity. The track is much more about the shifting of tone than “Deadlock”, introducing modulations from the offset and letting them battle it out. The track quickly hits a propulsive electronic crux which climaxes and then fades into a firmly placed beat. Muller’s insistence that drone and rhythm can intersect is a delight, because he deploys both sounds as if they’re co-dependent. And lo, it is good. And we shall drone. And maybe we shall dance.
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