Originally released on cassette (uber limited to only 33 copies) label ZamZam Records, Ocean Floor has taken it upon himself to re-release Jupiter on vinyl. 10 tracks of organs and synths mappping a stargazing journey, think of a lo-fi Gustav Holst without the grandeur - it’s ultimately quite charming.
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What is it about synthesisers and space? Is it because most of them look as inoperable as a space station cockpit? Or perhaps it’s that a couple of folks back in the day decided to use synths for their early sci-fi flicks, rendering the two inseparable in people’s minds. Silly people.
Well, it’s more or less a fact of life now that you’ll be associated with ‘spaceyness’ if you use a synth in most musical contexts, and Bristol’s Ocean Floor knows this, and has gone through with the ‘space synth’ album anyway. Go with the flow, don’t fight the inevitable, give the people what they want. Jupiter is chock full of murky, rippling melodic textures, organs and repeating patterns, occasionally building to sparkles but also taking time out for the organs to play some extended sequences of chords; perhaps this is closer to Zimmer’s interpretation of space than Public Service Broadcasting’s. Meaning not too obvious or shit. The recurring, whirring organ makes the whole thing seem like a majestic tour of the universe, more humbling than out-of-this-world. It’s almost the space version of Aine O’Dwyer’s Music for Church Cleaners, just with the occasional subtle synth shuffling by instead of cloister dusters.
I was expecting the worst (yet another spacey old school synth album) but this has pleasantly surprised with its organ narrative. This is not a ‘space synth’ album.
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