Space rock band Slift hail from Toulouse, France. Their new LP, Ummon was written whilst on an extensive tour of Europe in 2019. What a great way to try those space rock jams out, live and direct. The three-piece are influenced by Science-fiction and specifically French writer Alain Damasio. On Stolen Body.
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These Tolouse space rockers have been doing the rounds on the unofficial Oh Sees fan page recently, with plenty of users comparing them to John Dwyer’s hyperactive psych practitioners without decrying them as rip-off merchants. Upon the opening tracks of their second album ‘Uncommon’, its easy to hear why they’ve been compared to Oh Sees – the proggy wig-outs, taut musicianship, rapid-fire rhythms and fuzz-fried vocals and riffing. Slift however, offer enough variation and influence from other genres to avoid falling into the derivative category. They’re often reminiscent of the stoner-prog of Elder, Hawkwind’s reverb-heavy hard rock, and Gong’s bizarre, tongue-in-cheek sci-fi expeditions.
‘Uncommon’ is progressive music stripped of its pretence; there’s too much of a flippant punk/garage rock spirit on show for it to be compared to the clinical compositions heard in the genre’s heyday. There are homages to speed metal, doom, krautrock, jam band and acid rock, often within the same song. The in-track variation means the album begs for a re-listen to unlock and fully comprehend its rich space odysseys. Instead of simply flipping to a different song by proposing shorter song structures, Slift challenge the listener to keep up with their pace and bold genre, pace and mood deviations. A couple of tracks here go beyond the 10-minute mark, but their recent KEXP Session concludes that Slift can pull off these blockbusters incredibly in a live setting too.
Sure, you’ll love Slift if you dig post-‘Floating Coffin’ Oh Sees, but Slift bid a prolonged assault of the heavier moments that Dwyer only sporadically indulges in. You’ll also dig them if you’re into Amon Duul II, Earthless, Boredoms or Monster Magnet. ‘Uncommon’ will make you want to catch them on tour, read some uncanny French sci-fi or watch a few René Laloux films. Delve into Slift’s savage planet and explore each and every crater they have to offer.
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