Full Album Premiere & Review: Black Moon Circle, Leave the Ghost Behind

Posted in audiObelisk, Reviews on April 20th, 2023 by JJ Koczan

Black Moon Circle Leave the Ghost Behind

[Click play above to stream Black Moon Circle’s Leave the Ghost Behind in its entirety. Album is out tomorrow on vinyl through Crispin Glover Records and available to order from the band as well as from the label.]

The feeling of sprawl is almost immediate on Black Moon Circle‘s Leave the Ghost Behind. It’s been half a decade since the Norwegian trio last released a full-length, and 2018’s Psychedelic Spacelord (review here) served as the single-song culmination of a wildly productive few years for the band led by brothers Øyvin Engan (bass/vocals) and Vemond Engan (guitar/backing vocals). In 2019, they collected the three The Studio Jams LP releases — 2017’s The Studio Jams Vol. III: Flowing into the 3rd Dimension (review here), 2016’s The Studio Jams Vol. II (review here), 2015’s The Studio Jams Vol. I: Yellow Nebula in the Sky (discussed here) — and a bunch more into a 5CD box set, and they count Leave the Ghost Behind as their ’10th effort,’ which is fair enough, but in the lineage of albums, it follows Psychedelic Spacelord, 2016’s Sea of Clouds (review here), 2014’s Andromeda (review here) and self-titled debut EP (review here), and 2019’s collaboration with Øresund Space Collective, Freakout in the Fjord (review here), which likewise was more of a jam-based release.

Why does that matter? Because since their outset, there have always been two forces at work in Black Moon Circle between improvised space-jamming and more structured songwriting, and in Leave the Ghost Behind, the two ends come together in a way that feels new for the band. Coming together with the lineup of the Engans, drummer Tomas Järmyr (ex-Motorpsycho, Årabrot, etc.) and Portugal-based synthesist Scott “Dr. Space” Heller (also Øresund Space Collective), the now-four-piece are vibrant across the four sides of a massive 85-minute 2LP that smooths out all the back and forth with washes of guitar, of synth, of the wandering grooves in extended pieces like the 18:29 “Psychedelic Spacelord (Lighter Than Air)” — yes, a take on the title-track of the 2018 LP; just go with it — and closer “Radiant Sun,” which at 22:52 is a multi-tiered universe of heavy psychedelic exploration. But it’s opener “Snake Oil,” with that sprawl noted at the outset, that sets the scene for what follows. Its 11 minutes are hypnotic at the start, Sabbathian doom wrought across the first minute or so with synth laid over top before the bass leads the way into the nodding repetitive chug that serves as the bed for the verse.

That shift, nod to nod, is huge in setting the expectation for Black Moon Circle to go where they will, because that’s exactly what they proceed to do, both in that song and over the rest of the record. “Bubbles in the Air” is duly floating ’90s post-grunge psych, and the shortest cut at 5:17, a drumless dream, while “Serpent” gives the proggier side of King Buffalo a burst of cosmic radiation, with Heller‘s synth running alongside the steady line of guitar even before the jazzy build begins on the drums, the song emphasizing both the instrumental dynamic of the band and the gruff melody in Øyvin‘s vocals as set forth in “Snake Oil” before it.

After deep-diving into “Psychedelic Spacelord (Lighter Than Air)” and “Bubbles in the Air,” side C’s “Cohiba” (9:20) feels absolutely grounded at the start, but is dug into a particularly improv-sounding jam with the bass as the foundation by the time they’re halfway in, and after they bring it back down to just that same guitar line and synth, its final minute becomes a willful drone and feedback — maybe some seagull sounds or just bird-esque synth? — that fades out before “Magellanic Cloud” announces its presence with further sci-fi ambience and drone for about the first two of its 10 total minutes, from there following a psych-bluesy course, guitar leading, bass underscoring, drums meeting back at the start of the measure but doing their thing along the way, the trajectory plotted but the journey duly winding, vocals never left entirely behind even in its synth-laced crescendo starting at around its final 90 seconds and just long enough for that to feel classic in its payoff.

Black Moon Circle (Photo by Thor Egil Leirtrø)

“Magellanic Cloud” is a fitting analogue for what Leave the Ghost Behind as a whole accomplishes in bringing together the heretofore more divergent aspects of Black Moon Circle‘s aural persona. Certainly their willingness to experiment is nothing new, and that’s heard at the start, and they’ve had verses and choruses and jams a-plenty throughout the last nine years — if not so much the last four — but it’s the manner in which they’re assembled and the cohesion that emerges in the material as a result that is such a step forward, both in the songs themselves, whether it’s “Magellanic Cloud” or “Snake Oil” or “Psychedelic Spacelord (Lighter Than Air),” or “Serpent” and “Bubbles in the Air” and “Cohiba.” The balance has become a malleable thing.

And given the band’s ever-outward course, the finish that “Radiant Sun” provides is a letting-loose that draws from all sides, melts it all down with the scorch of its various solos, grows moss with its wash circa 14 minutes in, and from there becomes a cinematic weirdscape as Järmyr drops out on drums with a few crashes about a minute later, leaving amp noise, organ and synth to rule the day for a few minutes while sneaking back in on the ride cymbal after the vocals return at 19:10, beginning the transition to the largesse of the capstone movement, a cleareyed chorus taking hold after 21 minutes as a genuine surprise of airy heavy rock that earns the song’s title before giving over to the concluding noise; a snare snaps and then it’s drone to an ending that somehow feels quick after the long path walked to get there.

Leave the Ghost Behind is not at all a minor undertaking, and its exultation could be rooted in a call for self-actualizing post-trauma as much as letting go of one’s expectations for oneself — if those aren’t the same thing — but one way or the other, what Black Moon Circle leave behind is the sense of being one thing or the other between songwriters and a psychedelic jam band. These seven songs are substantial and drawn wide over the distances they conjure, but switched on in terms of more than just their effects pedals, and they represent a pivotal moment for the band in laying claim to the entirety of their process as one engrossing whole from which they can still expand.

I’m not saying they’ll never do a collection of jams again, or that they’ll never put out a record that’s eight songs and 38 minutes long, I’m saying the fun part is they can do either, both, or neither and that those who take them on won’t know what’s coming until they get there. If Leave the Ghost Behind represents a return to activity on the part of Black Moon Circle after a few years’ absence, or if it’s the culmination of work done throughout those few years — I honestly don’t know which, if it’s even one or the other — it’s a vital showcase of the promise laid out across their earlier run, approached with a vision and consciousness behind it that makes it all the more a triumph.

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Black Moon Circle to Release Leave the Ghost Behind April 21; Tour Starts This Week

Posted in Whathaveyou on March 14th, 2023 by JJ Koczan

It’s a pretty minimal amount of information here, and I’ll readily admit that Black Moon Circle‘s tour dates that are starting this week have already been posted. While we’re being honest, this post is basically me trying to give you a heads up on a record that goes places. I’m streaming the album in full on April 20 — so mark your calendar for that if your calendar wasn’t yet marked — and that’s pretty much the only thing keeping me from doing the review today. Well that and time, but still. I’m getting to know these songs and they’re pretty vast already. It’s wild.

They’ve got opener “Snake Oil” streaming on Bandcamp and of course there’s a player below, and the song 11 minutes long, so it’s not an insignificant sample to give out ahead of time, but I think it definitely explains some of what I mean by “goes places” above even if it should come with the disclaimer that these are not nearly all the places gone to on the cuts that follow. It’s a weird one. I still feel like I’m just getting to know it, but I also kind of feel like maybe it’ll be that way forever? I dig it already though. All trends positive for that to continue.

So yeah, a post to say that and have the track and art and so on. These guys outdid themselves.

Here’s the info:

Black Moon Circle Leave the Ghost Behind

Preorder of Leave the Ghost Behind double colored vinyl is now up on bandcamp. Check it out, cd is also included: https://blackmooncircle.bandcamp.com/album/leave-the-ghost-behind

1. Snake Oil
2. Serpent
3. Psychedelic Spacelord (lighter than air)
4. Bubbles in the Air
5. Cohiba
6. Magellanic Cloud
7. Radiant Sun

Black Moon Circle live:
16.06 SE Malmö Plan B
17.03 DK Copenhagen Råhuset
18.03 DE Kiel Schaubude
19.03 DE Münster Rare Guitar
23.03 NL Eindhoven Club Void
24.03 FR Paris L’International
25.03 BE Leuven Sojo (w/ Bismut & Shift)
01.04 NO Oslo Vaterland

Black Moon Circle:
Øyvin Engan: vocals bass
Vemund Engan: guitar, backing vocals
Tomas Järmyr: drums
Dr. Space: synth


Black Moon Circle, Leave the Ghost Behind (2023)

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Black Moon Circle Announce March Touring

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 9th, 2023 by JJ Koczan

Well, Black Moon Circle joining forces with former Motorpsycho drummer Tomas Järmyr certainly isn’t going to hurt the band at all. The Trondheim, Norway, and Portugal-based heavy psychedelic rockers are closing in on a half-decade since their last proper studio album, 2018’s Psychedelic Spacelord (review here), though they’ve had other offerings in the interim, a 2019 collab with Øresund Space Collective called Freakout in the Fjord (review here) and a box set collecting five discs’ worth of studio jams called, wait for it, The Studio Jams; they also played Desertfest Belgium that Fall. But they’re due for getting out so it’s only a good thing that they are.

And, it’s their first tour with Järmyr and with Scott “Dr. Space” Heller (also Øresund Space Collective, et al.) handling synth and, one assumes, general wizardry as he will. I don’t know what their studio plans are, if they’ll record at Dr. Space‘s place in Portugal, which is idyllic, or in Norway, or not at all, or when, but I’d be interested to hear what they come up with after a few years of silence, as readily-accounted-for as those years are. I’d take another record, I guess is what I’m saying.

The tour starts in Sweden on March 16 and kind of plays out like two long weekenders with another show a week later, but they’re covering a good amount of ground in their time.


black moon circle tour

See you on the Road in March.. First proper tour since 2019! Going to be some awesome jamming with the new BMC drummer, Tomas (Årabot, Sunswitch, Yodok, WERL, ex-Motorpsycho)…

Black Moon Circle – Leave the Ghost Behind Tour 2023
16.03 SE Malmö Plan B
17.03 DK Copenhagen Råhuset
18.03 DE Kiel Schaubude
19.03 DE Münster Rare Guitar
23.03 NL Eindhoven Club Void
24.03 FR Paris L’International
25.03 BE Leuven Sojo (w/ Bismut & Shift)
01.04 NO Oslo Vaterland

Black Moon Circle:
Øyvin Engan: vocals bass
Vemund Engan: guitar, backing vocals
Tomas Järmyr: drums
Dr. Space: synth


Black Moon Circle, The Studio Jams Vol. 1-3 (2019)

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Video Interview: Scott “Dr. Space” Heller of Øresund Space Collective, Etc.

Posted in Bootleg Theater, Features on September 30th, 2021 by JJ Koczan

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Not that we weren’t going to have anything to talk about otherwise, but to give me a heads up for this interview, Scott Heller — better known to the psychedelic underground as Dr. Space himself — sent me a list of recent and upcoming outings from this and next year. There were more than 30 of them.

Consider that for a second.

I would post the list but I’m not sure they’ve all been announced yet.

Of all the people I’ve met through music — and I have met Heller in-person many times; I consider him a friend and talking to him about music for over an hour the other day was something I did largely as a favor to myself; a similar mentality to that which I approach writing about much of his output — Heller‘s creativity and work ethic is singular. As synthesist and band-leader for Øresund Space Collective, he has spearheaded a school of “totally improvised space rock” that’s grown in influence throughout Europe and beyond, and more recently, monthly jams as a part of the duo Doctors of Space with Martin Weaver of Wicked Lady — who happens to live relatively nearby in Portugal, to which Heller moved some four and half years ago after leaving Denmark — have seen release through Bandcamp in ongoing fashion. He’s meeting up with Weaver today, in fact. No doubt something will come of it.

But that’s barely a chip in the iceberg of his career. Going back to before his time managing Gas Giant and recording every show ØSC play — they’ll be in Oslo at Høstsabbat in a couple weeks — working with former Elder drummer Matt Couto in Aural Hallucinations, putting together his own Alien Planet Trip series of solo releases and collaborations, running the active label Space Rock Productions or contributing to acts like Black Moon Circle3rd Ear Experience and Albinö Rhino, among I don’t even know how many others, Heller has a history of writing and documenting his experiences with music that extends across four decades. With an autobiography and a studio build on his property between the two largest mountains in Portugal currently in progress, tour dates upcoming and those 30 offerings in progress or on the way, he simply is one of a kind, and even with so much behind him, is at his most productive ever right now.

I don’t even know how many times I said the word “amazing” in this interview, but it might also be over 30, and none of them were unearned on his part. I’m honored he took the time to talk and amazed he found it.

Please enjoy:

Interview with Scott “Dr. Space” Heller, Sept. 27, 2021

More info on Heller and his many, many, many doings is available at the links.

Doctors of Space, Studio Session July 2021 (2021)

Øresund Space Collective, Fuzz Fest 2021 (2021)

Dr. Space, Dr Space’s Alien Planet Trip Vol. 4: Space with Bass (2021)

Black Moon Circle, The Studio Jams Vol. 1-3 (2019)

Øresund Space Collective website

Øresund Space Collective on Bandcamp

Black Moon Circle on Bandcamp

Aural Hallucinations on Bandcamp

Doctors of Space on Bandcamp

Writing About Music blog

Space Rock Productions website

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Desertfest Belgium 2019: Ruff Majik, Black Moon Circle, Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell & Rrrags Added

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 24th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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I like the themed lineup additions. Last time around from Desertfest Belgium 2019, it was the Belgian bands being highlighted. This time, it’s stuff in more of a psychedelic vein, though how much that might apply to the hard-nosed boogie of Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell is debatable. Still, it shows Desertfest Belgium is beginning to think of itself in a different way — not just as a meeting of bands, but a meeting styles as well, and a place where different notions of heavy, whether aesthetic or geographical, can intermingle and hopefully all come out better for it at the end of the weekend. It’s re-framing of the conversation of, “Oh hey, here are some more bands playing, get your tickets,” in a way that makes it more than just that. As somebody who reads his fair share of lineup announcements for various events, I’m hard pressed to think of someone else doing this thing in this way, and as always, I’m curious to see what it leads to.

For now, it’s leading to an increasingly badass lineup. From the PR wire:

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This round of names is for all the fuzzheads out there! We have gathered a great selection of crunchy grooves for you, grounded as well as spaced-out – let’s get to it…

First off, we are so glad to have Ruff Majik on board. Hailing from Pretoria, they’re best proof that South-African stoner didn’t end with ‘The Big Heavies’, carrying the torch of bands like Suck and Freedom’s Children. Their recent outing ‘Tårn’ shows the band heavy as ever, and we’re excited to see them blast Desertfest!

We are also happy to see Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell return to our stage. New things are afoot, or so it seems… but whatever they’ve got in store for us you can rest assured it’s gonna be groovy to the max. It’s just how they roll.

Trip into hyperspace and take a hard left – that’s where you’ll find Black Moon Circle. A super freaked-out jam band with ties to the mighty Øresund Space Collective, BMC offers the finest in Nordish psychedelia through an ever expanding catalogue of records and exhilarating live shows.

Finally, get psyched for the appearance of Rrrags at DFBE’19! The unholy alliance of Ron Van Herpen (ex-The Devil’s Blood), Rob Zim (Lords of Altamont) and Rob Martin (former Bliksem) completely channels the spirit of all the mighty Power Trios that came before them. Classic rock and roll done right that has earned them accolades galore.

We’re nearing the finish line, but we’re not quite there yet! Stay tuned for a new update soon, and in the meantime… we already let you know the amount of combi tickets is dwindling fast so be safe not sorry, check the link below!


Ruff Majik, Tårn (2019)

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Black Moon Circle to Release The Studio Jams 1-3 5CD Box Set on June 7

Posted in Whathaveyou on May 31st, 2019 by JJ Koczan

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Mostly-Norwegian kinda-trio/kinda-four-piece Black Moon Circle — who extend that willful nebulousness to their sound, rest assured — are currently in the midst of wrapping up a Spring tour with Øresund Space Collective, with whom they share synth wizard and regular fixture around these parts, Dr. Space. They’ve been through Germany and Denmark and Poland and Lithuania and have just a few more shows to go as they make their way to Finland (tonight and tomorrow) and Sweden to close out the run. Going by the pictures on social media, it looks like it’s been a good tour.

Though they reportedly have copies on the road, they’ll get back home to Trondheim just in time for the June 7 release of their new 5CD box set, The Studio Jams 1-3, which collects the three previously-vinyl-only jam releases they’ve done with two more discs’ worth of bonus material for a one-time blowout on CD. Sounds friggin’ awesome to me, and I already have and have reviewed all those records. It’s gotta be upwards of six hours of stuff, or at least five. That’s a killer way to spend your day, as far as I’m concerned.

Crispin Glover Records has the release. Here’s info:

black moon circle the studio jams 1-3

Black Moon Circle- The Studio Jams 1-3 Box Set

Crispin Glover Records
5 CD box set with booklet

From 2015-2017, the Trondheim based psychedelic Space Rock band, Black Moon Circle released 3 vinyl albums containing studio jams recorded from 2013-2016. These albums are now sold out.

This box set includes the albums specifically mastered for CD, including the original LP artwork in single CD sleeve format. This is the first time they appear on CD. As a bonus, 7 unreleased jams spread over 2 CDs from this same time period are included. One of these amazing jams features Snah, guitarist from Motorpsycho.

An 8 page booklet telling the history of the band so far, as well as details of all the albums, recordings, jams, and pictures are included as well. The box is limited to 500 copies.

Release date is June 7th.

Remaining live dates:
Fontaine Palace, Liep?ja, Latvia May 31st
Ääniwalli, Helsinki, Finland June 1st
Vastavirta, Tampere, FIN June 2nd
Melody Box, Stockholm, Sweden June 4th
Sonic Rock Solstice, UK June 23rd 2019

Black Moon Circle:
Bass, Vocals – Øyvin Egan
Drums – Per Andreas Gulbrandsen
Guitar – Vemund Egan


Black Moon Circle, “Plains” live rehearsal for Spring tour

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Øresund Space Collective Meets Black Moon Circle, Freak Out in the Fjord: Cosmic Collision

Posted in Reviews on May 17th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

oresund space collective meets black moon circle freak out in the fjord

It happened once upon a Nov. 17, 2017, that respected cosmic improvisationalists Øresund Space Collective made their way from Denmark/Portugal/Planet Omega to Trondheim, Norway, where they were set to join with Black Moon Circle and take part in the Freak Out in the Fjord festival for which they’d eventually name this album. The title, though, is more homage than descriptor, as what makes up the record isn’t the actual live set, but the results of a studio session the next day. That might seem counterintuitive — especially for a band who are not at all shy about putting out live material — until one actually listens to Freak Out in the Fjord, at which point the results become largely inarguable. I say that as a fan of Øresund Space Collective, of course, but if you want to try to make a case against gathering a nine-piece lineup together, sticking them in the studio like some kind of off-the-cuff orchestra — three drummers and all — I’m happy to entertain it.

Certainly by the time they get around in opener “Rendezvous in the Nebula” to tossing off a swaggering reference to Jimmy Forrest‘s “Night Train” (also recorded by James Brown for Live at the Apollo in 1963), any such issue should be settled. From that interstellar-swinging 26-minute leadoff on through the other three more-than-a-side-consuming pieces on the 119-minute Space Rock Productions-issued triple LP, the personality changes, but the ultimate course of exploration is consistent. It’s jammy bliss, and as a particular sucker for an interplay between more than multiple drummers/percussionists, it seems like the rhythms here stand up especially well to the wash of guitar, bass, keys and synth surrounding. For reference, here is the lineup for the session, with their credits directly cut and pasted from the Øresund Space Collective Bandcamp page:

Magnus Hannibal – Fender Rhodes, Synthesizer
Tim Wallander – Drums (right), Fender Rhodes (Side B)
Simon W. Gullikstad – Drums (left)
Hasse Horrigmoe – Bass (slight left)
Øyvin Engan – Bass (slight right)
Vemund Engan – Guitar (right)
Jonathan Segel – Violin, Guitar (left)
Scott “Dr. Space” Heller – Modular Synth, Kaoscillator, Korg Monotron
Per Andreas Gulbrandsen – Drums (side B right, side C/D center)

For those familiar either with Øresund Space Collective or with the Norwegian-native Black Moon Circle, it will come as little surprise that the common thread between the two — aside from a propensity for psych-jamming — is Scott “Dr. Space” Heller. The bandleader of Øresund Space Collective has been a member of Black Moon Circle live and in the studio (also live there, as it happens), and as the two outfits work here under the collective banner of Øresund Space Collective Meets Black Moon Circle, he’s the one tying them together. It is a noble endeavor. The general method of Øresund Space Collective is to hit the studio or stage, press record, and go. Like off-the-cuff jazz born of psychedelia and space rock, their work is always an adventure and always captures the specific moment of its creation, never to come again. Bringing Black Moon Circle — the Engans and Gulbrandsen, as well as Gullikstad and Heller himself — into the fold, they only expand the reach, and as Freak Out in the Fjord plays through its massive sprawl across “Rendezvous in the Nebula” (26:18), “Afterglow in the Sea of Sirens” (23:55), “Dinner with Gregg A. and Jerry G.” (33:16) and “Freak Out in the Fjord” (36:03), the pieces each develop a persona of their own.

This is true whether it’s the Southern guitar inflection of “Dinner with Gregg A. and Jerry G.” or the engrossing well of energy of “Rendezvous in the Nebula,” the organ and synth making their presence felt in the second half of “Afterglow in the Sea of Sirens” by building a tension that instead of blowing up pays off in arguably the record’s sleekest groove, or the title-track’s experimentalist pulse, manifest in bouts of noise and swells of volume as the group moves inextricably toward a grand finale every bit worthy of the nearly two hours preceding. But as with either the work of Øresund Space Collective on their own or Black Moon Circle‘s jammy material or really any such release, Freak Out in the Fjord isn’t about the destination so much as the outward trip to get there, however satisfying the end proves to be.

So far as I know, it doesn’t, but Freak Out in the Fjord should probably come with some manner of warning label about melted consciousness or “these people are professionals; don’t try this at home” or something of the like. The fact of the matter is that whatever else is going on, Øresund Space Collective Meets Black Moon Circle are in their element when mounting these sonic excursions, and it’s never going to be for everyone. It is a kind of extremity. Not of volume, or intensity — at least not in a “metal” sense — but of purpose. It is a constant drive to push deeper into the heart of creativity and to document its realization. Øresund Space Collective, its related outfits and especially Dr. Space have amassed an extensive discography, as a group like this will, but some of their best work is done when they force themselves into a different avenue of collaboration, whether it’s with Black Moon Circle or the likes of KG Westman or Gary Arce.

The core of their approach is unwavering, and well it should be, but over time, it is also showing itself as infinitely malleable to a range of contexts. Maybe that’s easy to say for Øresund Space Collective, since their approach is based on an open sensibility, but the prospect of improv space rock is one that could just as easily fall flat, or sound empty, and instead, Øresund Space Collective Meets Black Moon Circle are engaging and immersive in kind. Whether you’re putting it on for a two-hour chillout or sitting with your headphones and picking out which drums are in which channel on which track, Freak Out in the Fjord delivers an ultimately satisfying experience for the converted or those willing to be, and while I know the whole point of the thing is to preserve the ephemeral spirit of a moment already gone — remember this was late 2017; though the two bands are touring together — I can’t help but hope Øresund Space Collective and Black Moon Circle meet again for another studio session, as it seems like there’s still so much of the universe to be discovered.

Øresund Space Collective Meets Black Moon Circle, Freak Out in the Fjord (2019)

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Øresund Space Collective Meets Black Moon Circle for a Freak Out in the Fjord

Posted in Whathaveyou on April 26th, 2019 by JJ Koczan

If you’re anything like me when it comes to the issue, Øresund Space Collective‘s jams arrive in the-more-the-merrier fashion. They’ve got two hours of live-captured improv psych and space rock? Cool, I’ll clear my afternoon calendar. Øresund Space Collective Meets Black Moon Circle is, as the name implies, the coming together of those two outfits — the Norwegian troupe Black Moon Circle being no slouches themselves in the jam department — and Freak Out in the Fjord is their six-sided 3LP release named for the show in Trondheim, Norway, that was the occasion for their coming together. The day after the gig, the two outfits hit the studio, recorded four sprawling explorations, and they’re being pressed by Space Rock Productions for release on May 7 on CD/digi. LPs are behind held back by some manufacturing issue — doubtless whatever poor pressing plant couldn’t handle that much cosmic energy brought to bear in a single burst — but should be out in June.

It’s not a split. It’s a collaborative effort, with two guitars, two basses and three drumsets and probably more synth than Norway allows by law. It is two-plus of the trippiest hours you’ll spend.

They’re streaming the 24-minute “Afterglow in the Sea of Sirens” now and you can catch it at the bottom of this post. Do so.


oresund space collective meets black moon circle freak out in the fjord

Øresund Space Collective meets Black Moon Circle – Freak out in the Fjord

Release on Space Rock Productions, SRP059

Release date: 7th May 2019

In November 2017, ØSC and BMC played a show in Trondheim, Norway called Freakout in the Fjord, which also featured the local band, Red Mountains. The next day, we were booked into the excellent, Øra studio, one of the best in Trondheim for a jam session.

It took a few hours to set up all the gear (2 guitar set ups, 2 bass set ups, 3 drums kits (yes, 3!), modular synth, Fender Rhodes and Oberheim synth and we were ready to go. Four jams were recorded ranging from Miles Davis inspired (Afterglow) to Grateful Dead (Dinner) to heavy space rock (Freakout). It is a hell of a 2hr musical journey.

Recorded at Øra Studio, Trondheim, Norway on Saturday Nov 18th, 2017.
Recording engineer Magnus Koefod
Mixed and mastered at Brygga studio November 2018 by Magnus Koefod.

Side A- Rendezvous in the Nebula
Side B- Afterglow in the sea of Sirens
Side C/D- Dinner with Gregg A and Jerry G
Side E/F- Freak out in the Fjord

Magnus- Fender Rhodes, Synthesizer
Tim- Drums (right), Fender Rhodes (Side B)
Simon- Drums (left)
Hasse- Bass (slight left)
Øyvin- Bass (slight right)
Vemund- Guitar (right)
Jonathan- Violin, Guitar (left)
Dr Space- Modular Synth, Kaoscillator, Korg Monotron
Peran- Drums (side B right, side C/D center)

Live dates:
Lygtens Kro, København, DK May 23rd
Spaceboat VI Hamburg, DE May 24/25th 2019
Urban Spree, Berlin May 26th, 2019
Lodz, Poland May 27th
Warsaw, Poland May 28th
Poland or day off May 29th
Fenix Bar, Alyst, Lithuania May 30th
Fontaine Palace, Liep?ja, Latvia May 31st
Ääniwalli, Helsinki, Finland June 1st
Vastavirta, Tampere, FIN June 2nd
Melody Box, Stockholm, Sweden June 4th
Sonic Rock Solstice, UK June 23rd 2019


Øresund Space Collective Meets Black Moon Circle, Freak Out in the Fjord (2019)

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