No prizes for guessing what Drone Jams Vol. 1, the new release from Drone Rock Records, sounds like! But really, why beat around the bush? German band The Space Spectrum have a knack for slipping into smooth long space-jams, and fans of such will very much enjoy this.
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- Drone Jams Vol. I by The Space Spectrum
7/10 Robin Staff review, 06 July 2017
Sometimes things are hard; sometimes you phone it in and call your record the genre thing it is plus the edition it is in that series. The Space Spectrum, who are indeed a space rock band, thanks for asking, have called their new record ‘Drone Jams Vol. I’, and these are indeed drone jams preceding second volume of drone jams. That should make things relatively clear, I think -- like its favourite galaxy, this music is a blank canvass.
The Space Spectrum create quite a restrained type of psychedelia; their solos are modest and thoughtful, breathing in seconds of silence before playing the next riff in a long line of them. The rhythm section are receptive to this small kindness and tend to play diligent grooves, the kind that gift the guitars a whole universe of space to be patient in. Drone rock, indeed: while it’s constantly moving forward, much of the power in these jams is found from waiting around.
It’s a curiously well calibrated sound, this: it lies somewhere between distorted ruin and crystalline tone, the band allowing themselves to get murky in the low-end but always cleaning up for later use. Nothing you haven’t heard before, if you’re a space-orienteering psychlord -- but a fine and blissful tune-out nonetheless.
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