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Oresund Space Collective: Live at Roadburn 2010

Space rock specialists Øresund Space Collective's latest release has the band performing at the Roadburn Festival on April 15th, 2010 at the Bat Cave, Tilburg, Holland. For those of you unfamiliar with the European band, they play a brand of freely improvised space/psychedelic rock that is well suited to a live setting. The band has been very busy in 2011 having already re-released Dead Man in Space on CD and a new studio album Sleeping With the Sunworm is set for a late summer release. Both CDs are reviewed on this site.

If you dig moody, atmospheric build-ups, extended psychedelic/space rock guitar jams and plenty of synth and keyboard interplay, loaded with spacey sound effects, you will really enjoy Live at Roadburn 2010. Although this is a fully improvised performance, the music never feels directionless or without purpose, as every note and musical passage is fully realized. All the players are very good at what they do and the musicianship cannot be faulted.

The album consists of 4 long jams, totaling over seventy-four minutes of space driven music for your listening pleasure, beginning with "Roadburn Jam", a song steeped in musical build-ups and mind bending synths with lots of psychedelic infused guitar. The band's approach is slightly moodier in the twenty-two minute "Reintroduce the Snakes to Ireland/Volcanoes and Ash". Atmospheric guitar parts and a crisp bottom end leads to jazzier explorations before the guitar crunch sets in. Some of the synth work reminded me of '70s Pink Floyd.

The album's last song is the aptly titled "Farvel", meaning 'goodbye' in Danish. This one has a Middle Eastern guitar flavour and is another strong track and is a fabulous send off to what is a very good live album.

Live at Roadburn 2010 is another mandatory listen for space rock fans as this band excels in a live setting. If you cannot get out to see the band live, give this one a spin, you will not be disappointed.

*Although this review is of a CD promo, Live at Roadburn 2010 is only released as a vinyl double set, limited to 500 copies.*

Track Listing:
1. Roadburn Jam/Band Intros
2. Reintroduce the Snakes to Ireland/Volcanoes and Ash
3. Global Freakout in Tilburg
4. Farvel

Added: June 20th 2011
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Band's Official Site
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Language: english

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