Deep Distance wanted to release Cosmic Ground's self titled debut in it's entirety but track lengths proved impossible to squash onto vinyl so instead we get two of the best cuts from the disc spread out nicely onto wax. This is excellent long form, sequencer-heavy electronic psych. Turn on, switch off, lie down.
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An absolutely classic conundrum, here: Deep Distance like to put out 12”s and Cosmic Ground love to make albums longer than the diameter of the sun. This tension led to the compromise you’re seeing in front of you, a two track wax slab that contains the first and penultimate tracks of Cosmic Ground’s self-titled synth behemoth. Obliterate your fears: the DD crew picked two tunes that tell their own stories in kind.
The droning intro of “Legacy” is just marvellous, to be real. Its choral-sounding tones evoke dread and excitement before a synth arpeggio rattles and ripples, slowly growing the piece into the kind of alien road trip we’ve come to expect from Cosmic Ground. There’s not much to say about it that you can’t simply feel hearing it, but those textures are subtle; factory sounds and chance contacts suggest what might be happening either side of our peripheral vision. “The Plague” follows a similar format, but it never tips into the oscillations of its predecessor: instead it sounds chorussed by ghosts for its full fifteen minutes, a nauseating mix of drone and emanating spaceship sounds. You might expect it all from Cosmic Ground, but that won't stop your spine from shivering.
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