West Space And Love
Ltd. Edt. 500 copies - gatefold cover
- Floyd's Dream (11:09)
- Khaan Paan (5:07)
- 2002 (3:23)
- Pig In Space (2:30)
- ØSCillations In D Minor (10:57)
- Anybody Out There (6:08)
- Time Compression (5:00)
West - roland sh1000, vermona synthesizer, arturia minibrute se, elka rhapsody 490, doepfer dark time, s.k. bhattacharya sitar, hammond l100, ibanez doubleneck, bass
(ex Siena Root)
Dr Space - custom modular synthesizer, korg monotron, oscar, roland sh1000
(Øresund Space Collective)
Love - drums, cajon, ki-gonki, qaraqab, voice, spring drum, roland sh1000, cuica
Moa Danielson - santoor
Jonathan Segel - violin
Mathias Danielsson - delay pedal
Reviews / Notes:
On Dec 4-6th, West, Space and Love gathered together for their first sessions together since the last one back in October 2009.
This session was less improvised but recorded in several improvised layers with a few special guests joining in as well.
The music is much more synthesizer based with KG playing amazing 70s inspired synths and organ, as well as bass, guitar, and sitar.
Dr Space creating spacey sounds and drones, while Love performed a spoken word, and providing all the drum and percussion parts.
The addition of Violin and Santoor really took the two Indian inspired pieces (Khan Paan, Øscilations in D-Minor) to another level.
A fantastic instrumental, Kraut inspired ethnic musical journey!
Space Rock Productions
Six years after the release of West Space and Love Vol.l, the three key members (the Øresund Space Collective’s sonic shaman Dr Space and current and former members of the
Swedish Heavy Prog band Siena Root Love Forsberg and KG West) reunited in a studio to lay down some 70s krautrock influenced tracks for a brand new album.
Whereas the previous collaboration was more of an acoustic, Indian music inspired album with five sitar based tracks that were totally improvised, Vol.ll is far more synthesizer based with
WS&L conjuring up soundscapes that take inspiration from bands such as Tangerine Dream, Pink Floyd, Popol Vuh and Agitation Free. Another major difference is that this record is less of
a collection of improvised pieces, having far more focus and a much stronger structure from more judicious self-editing than previously. It’s a fantastic listening experience as it twists and turns
through the dimensions in sound, taking in early 70s Krautrock, Eastern flavoured Space Jazz, post-Psychedelic Pink Floyd, Indian music inspired improvisations and experimental percussion
pieces………..we suggest you roll a few before this one hits the turntable.
Making it clear right from the outset where the influences lie with this record, the opening track is titled ‘Floyd’s Dream’ and like the title suggests it is a blend of classic Pink Floyd and Tangerine Dream
……………the sound of pulsing sequencers and spiralling synths from TD’s mid 70s heyday underpin Gilmour-esque guitar playing, setting the controls for a journey through a burning brain
which pulls you straight into WS&L’s infinite universe. There is a change of mood for ‘Khan Paan’ which taps into the Indian vibes of the first album and with the addition of violin and santoor from
Jonathan Segal and Moa Danielson on this track and ‘Øscillations In D minor’ really takes everything up to another level. ‘Khan Paan’ with its jazzy violin has a the feel of John McLaughlin’s Eastern
musical explorations with Shakti and the Mahavishnu Orchestra (once they slowed down enough to take a breath) while ‘Øscillations In D minor’ sounds more improvised, gently ebbing and flowing
before exploding into a squalling Space Rock breakdown.
‘2002’ is an exhilarating improvised percussion led track full of bubbling and squelching synths and ‘Pig In Space’ again features Love Forsberg’s drumming on a track that would not sound out of
place on Chrome’s Alien Soundtracks. Flip the disc and as well as the aforementioned ‘Øscillations In D minor’ there are two more excellent Kraut inspired ethnic musical excursions with more than a
passing nod to post Syd Pink Floyd. ‘Anybody Out There’ is a mix of subtly pulsing synths/ethnic percussion and swirling synthesizers which sees WS&L moving into Popol Vuh territory which glides
seamlessly into the albums closing track ‘Time Compression’. ‘Time Compression’ is a track that FloydHeads will really dig as it blends Richard Wright’s swelling Hammond sound with Eastern flavours
………it’s a postcard from Sufi mystics with Wish You Were Here writ large.
West Space And Love Vol.ll is an absolutely stunning mix of the not so very Far East and the very Far Out, blending together the core elements of pioneering early 70s German electronic music and
evocative Eastern influences mixed with a substantial amount post Syd acid burnout and pre Roger Waters megalomaniac dickhead Pink Floyd which flows beautifully from start to finish
………fans of the more spacy Psych bands, 70s ProgHeads and children of the bong need to check this record. Shine on you crazy Potheads.