The Cosmic Dead - Eccie Bam Yas, E?
Limited to 800 on Black Vinyl.
Formed in 2010, The Cosmic Dead are a quartet from Glasgow, Scotland who share their music through good vibes and better vibrations. Known for their improvised, chaos-strewn, Buckfast-smashed-against-the-wall take on space music, they have roamed from Roadburn to Las Vegas, Dundee to Bangalore. Each album is a document of the time and space the group find themselves in, a tangible artefact hewn from a psychedelic continuum orchestrated by The Cosmic Dead.
Eccie Bam Yas, E? began life as a more meditative piece than the rocket-fuelled out-rock the band are more associated with. Spliced and reformed by the band, taken from jams and improvised sets taken from the Rainbowhead recordings in Kyle of Lochalsh, a small village in the North of Scotland near the Isle of Skye. In this remote setting, the band recorded a myriad of improvised pieces inspired by their rural surroundings and the material has been scattered across three albums; 'Easterfaust'(2014), 'Rainbowhead'(2016) and 'Eccie Bam, Yas E?'(2017).
Beginning with an eldritch drift that roams the stereo field, phasing in an out from another realm, Smash The Sash melts into an electronic rock piece powered by keyboardist Lewis Cook’s analog synth sequence and drummer Julian Dicken’s pummelling drum work. The cumulative effect reminds the listener of early Krautrock experiments, like first line-up Tangerine Dream playing Tanzmusik with early, rock band Kraftwerk while epic show-stealer Fleein’ From The Polis brings the stringed instruments centre stage, Bassist Omar Aborida duets with James MacKay’s warped guitar playing to create waves of sound across a moody rhythm section. Side B opens with Buckfast Aye, a brooding exploration with stereo-panned guitars a-flutter before the band take the listener into a slow-paced burner that brings the group’s psychedelic craftsmanship into play. The set ends with a full on trip. Lynx Africa builds the group’s sound into a space-rock jam that reminds the listener of classic mid-70s Hawkwind or the more long-form music White Hills built their early career on. What’s without question on Eccie Bam Yas, E? is that the group are telepathic in their playing and psychopathic in their purpose.
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