Our Solar System is a newly formed 10 piece musical collective—featuring members of Dungen, Life on Earth!, The Amazing, Me and My Kites and more—in which each musician represents an element of our solar system, whether it be a planet, an astroid belt or Pluto. Illustrating a journey through space, each planet was described in a few keywords, a fusion of the members’ mutual associations based on emotion and poetry rather than science. These keywords thus became the score they’ve been working on since.
On October 29, the good people at Beyond Beyond is Beyond will release Our Solar System’s debut album, Vårt Solsystem, recorded live one hot summer afternoon in the amphitheater at Raven mountain in Vårberg, and one cold November night at a magical party in an old movie theater in Kärrtorp. Each song is also named after an element in our solar system—many of the Swedish titles share the same spelling as their English equivalents, while others like “Asteroidbältet” aren’t too hard to decipher—drawing comparison to Miles Davis’ far out sonic journeys on Bitches Brew, as well as Alice Coltrane, Acid Mothers Temple, and Can.
Our Solar System is a community without a leader, a floating crowd of people, where everyone who wants to be part of creating within these cosmic frames are welcome. The dream is to one day see representatives of Our Solar System around the world, illustrating the concept in all the arts in all kinds of contexts for all kinds of audiences. Only your imagination sets the limits!
Listen to the first track (or planet), “Mars,” below.
As Scandinavia continues to emerge as one of today’s most fertile psychedelic breeding grounds, here we have the first single off Helsinki-based outfit Kiki Pau‘s forthcoming album on Beyond Beyond is Beyond records. Pines, the group’s third album, was mixed by Dungen’s Gustav Ejstes and comes out Feburary 5. Hear the 9+ minute “Tomte Mars” below.
This month’s playlist features a random selection of tunes chosen by your humble editor. Beginning with a 1960s drive-in movie intro, we travel through genres and eras, eventually winding up in an ambient sea of hypnagogic soundscapes. I hope you enjoy.
02. David Crosby – Music Is Love
03. Free Will – Cold, Cold Morning
04. Jeffertitti’s Nile – Said It Was On
05. Television – Days
06. The Velvet Underground – Here She Comes Now
07. The Feelies – Later On
08. Spirit – Walking The Dog
09. Dungen – Sol Och Regn
10. Quilt – Utopian Canyon
11. Ace Of Cups – Afro Blue
12. Jade Warrior – Rainflower
13. Amen Dunes – Diane
14. Amon Duul II – Wie Der Wind am Ende einer Strasse
15. Neu! – Neuschnee
16. Mark McGuire – Home Again