Stupid Cosmonaut make their full-length debut on the aptly descriptive Drone Rock Records. Algol is spacey in way that lots of ‘spacey’ music isn’t: sometimes it actually feels like you are lost and drifting in an empty void. Ace! But Stupid Cosmonaut don’t deny you the heavy guitar climaxes either, so don’t worry. Limited edition vinyl release.
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Here's a cosmonaut so stupid they spent their time making this record instead of manning the aircraft on which the survival of mankind rests made this album. ‘Algol’ sacrificed a lot; was it all worth it? I’m gonna say it was 7/10 worth it, as they’ve made a deeply atmospheric slab of droned psych rock that suggests a whole highway of activity pulling through space.
Living up to the Drone Rock label upon which they have docked, Stupid Cosmonaut make super downtempo psych with lethargically repeating noise whirrs, crystalline guitar lines and big textural buffs. “The Demon Star Pilot” is just about the slowest thing I’ve heard this year but sounds lovely in its elegiac production, the guitar wiped clean as its guitarist riffs on pure optimism. On “Solitary Stasis” they fall deep into a bleak, tick-tocking ambience with inaudible sampled conversations of what I assume is highly classified space talk. Not hearing the actual words being said, and instead only experiencing it as disorientation, gives it the one up on Public Service Broadcasting.
If you fancy a very measured listen, then Stupid Cosmonaut have got you covered. It’s only on “Barus” they let their doomier inclinations get the better of themselves, invoking a most unspacelike distortion and amping shit up to very earthy levels. It’s metal like this I’d want playing as I landed back on earth after five years in orbit.
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