November 1, 2016

GROVJOBB "Landet Leverpastej" & "Vättarnas Fest" LP reissues

Grovjobb went down as one of the under-the-radar obscurities of the 90s Scandinavian retro progressive scene. They were a Swedish band formed in 1995 that existed for only a few years, performing an interesting hybrid of progressive rock, psychedelia, forest folk, and world music with a definite throwback to the early 70s. They released three albums during their active lifespan, that didn’t receive the attention they deserved. Now, Muzic Bazz is trying to correct this omission by reissuing their first two albums in vinyl format (they only received the CD treatment back in the day).
 
Landet Leverpastej

Originally released in 1998 on the small Garageland label, Grovjobb’s debut is an excellent example of flute driven prog rock, that can be generally described as a Scandinavian version of early Jethro Tull (“Stand Up” & “Benefit” era), though entirely instrumental. There's a genuine lot to be (re)discovered here. Above all, the band succeeded to sound like a mid 70's progressive band, while avoiding the predominance of the technical factor in favour of low-tempo instrumental tunes with a heavy psych vibe, often in a happy, playful mode. When they jam, there’s a notable Fläsket Brinner influence enrichened by a constant interplay between fuzz-drenched guitar and flute. The resulting duels are combined with native folk motives and some jazzy moments, that give a special “warm summer night air” atmosphere to the pieces. Not the whole album is tightly structured, as Grovjobb wade also through some loose arrangements with a jamming feeling and a light improvisational touch. In its whole, “Landet Leverpastej” is a gloriously vintage and magnificently evocative recording with an “open” aura: the feeling of nature - the sounds of the forest and the sea. Everyone who is after well played instrumental music which rests more in a structured  jam session vein, will love this record. The specific reissue comes in a different cover to the CD, redesigned by artist Dan Fröberg.
  

Vättarnas Fest

From the wonderful cover (created by illustrator Hans Arnold) with the parading bodies transformed as music instruments, one gets the picture that something special goes on with “Vättarnas Fest”. Following their excellent debut from the year prior, Grovjobb come with another impressive album, which by many is considered as their “crown of creation”. The music in this second offering takes a deeper dive in the early 70s in a remarkably convincing result. The jam based approach on the record takes a more hypnotic, jazzier approach and the flute playing is more fluid than on the previous album, resulting in a distant krauty vibe. Then comes the use of sitar and bits of Indian classical music; a fact that adds a spacious feel to the music and an aura of originality. The listener is transported back in time, without being (even momentary) let-down through all this well-played, cohesive, always inspired instrumental delivery. And in true retro spirit, the high levels of creativity result in an eastern-influenced 19 minute long instrumental suite, where the raga structured sitar transitions softly into an electric guitar driven psych journey that near its end dissolves in a sea of fuzz. Music that good, that never gets old or outdated; a five stars album that is superb in every respect and a must to every retro psych/prog aficionado.

Listen here.

Both Grovjobb albums are officially reissued from the original masters in both coloured and black vinyl on COSMIC EYE's parent label MusicBazz Corporation (http://www.musicbazz.com).

Each album in a total of 200 copies with printed inner sleeves:
200 coloured vinyl   € 24.00



Release Date: 20 Nov. 2016

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November 21, 2015

BERITS HALSBAND "Berits Halsband" LP & CD reissue

Βerits Halsband were an obscure band from the small coastal town of Hudiksvall, in central Sweden. Their relative isolation allowed the group an artistic freedom that ultimately created one of the greatest progressive jazz rock albums... ever.

In the mid 1970s, Sweden was harboring a handful of jazz bands looking to push the envelope beyond the usual bebop standards or electric noodling. These groups were very much influenced by the North American freaky fusion of Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. Collectives such as Ibis, Ablution, Egba, Kornet, and Archimedes Badkar were bringing that same kind of kinetic creativity up to Scandinavia. And one has to figure those long, dark winters played a role in creating hallucinations even among the most puritan of Lutherans wandering about in their show shoes.

 
This was the creative environment that Berits Halsband were operating in. Their artistic contribution to the scene, and most distinctive mark as it were, would be the musical crossover to the indigenous Scandinavian folklore of the local wooden dance hall. Berits Halsband's brand of progressive music wasn't dished up through the Zappa blender (like the popular Samla Mammas Manna for example), but rather more of an introspective art school approach. As with other large scale ensembles, the 8 piece Berits Halsband makes full use of its entire membership in unique ways. To underscore this point, consider the prominent use of trumpet, which is often filtered and heavily effected through a wah wah pedal. Their second lead instrument of choice is the lovely flute, often in unison with the trumpet, or as a peaceful solo alternative. And while Side 1 sounds like the best soundtrack to your dream Stockholm vacation, side 2 takes us closer to home, near the Arctic Circle, for some serious deep funk grooves. And here we find some added ring modulated electric piano combined with amazing fuzz electric guitar soloing. All this layered on top of a trance-like bass and a very busy percussion section. While the musical ingredients are familiar, the end result is entirely Berits Halsband - one of a kind.

In conclusion, Berits Halband's sole album is a strange bedfellow meeting of 1974 electric era Miles Davis, combined with the Swedish ethnic rock of Kebnekaise, and the psychedelic pyrotechnics of Flasket Brinner. Yes... it’s that good!
(Tom Hayes)


The rare 1975 LP of BERITS HALSBAND is officially reissued from the original masters in both LP and CD on COSMIC EYE's parent label MusicBazz Corporation (http://www.musicbazz.com).

Listen to the album.

100 coloured vinyl + poster + CD   € 27.00
100 coloured vinyl + poster            € 24.00
160 black vinyl + poster                 € 22.00
350 custom discfolio digipack CD  € 16.00

Release Date: 23 Nov. 2015

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September 13, 2015

GREY MOUSE "Twisted Tango" (EYE 014)


GREY MOUSE is an euphemism in Russian, referring to shy, timid, quiet girls that usually stay unnoticed.

In our case, GREY MOUSE are a five piece from Moscow that play music rooted in 70s hard psych rock, but also includes trippy Indian/Middle Eastern infused elements enhanced by the use of diverse instruments as sitar, didgeridoo, jaw harp, banjo. "Twisted Tango" is the second physical album of the band, to be issued on vinyl.

Driven by the powerful bluesy voice of Victoria Barsukova the album kicks off with the stoner heavy psych of "Animalism" and continues in an inventive interplay of moods that switch from hard psychedelic tunes to ethnic somber atmospheres. As the album goes on, the mood floats into a gentle, somber, and very compelling tapestry of ethno-psych. While it is great music to lay back and drift away to, there are parts that will bring you back from your reverie by virtue of their stunning beauty.

This is a music which expands full of diverse sounds and a variety of styles that demonstrate how gifted GREY MOUSE really are. "Twisted Tango" is the kind of length and depth worth getting lost in. Open your ears and mind… 

Sample here.

 
 
Limited Edition of 350 copies
- 200 coloured vinyl  € 20.00
- 150 black vinyl  € 18.00


Release Date: 25 Sep. 2015

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March 13, 2015

RIP David Allen (13 January 1938 – 13 March 2015)


I  feel blessed that our paths crossed, although it only through recorded music, live shows and writings... Have a good time Master Magick Brother on the Isle of Everywhere.

Weren't for few ones of a kind like yourself, this label would never have existed.


January 23, 2015

December 17, 2014

MOOCH "Mrs Silbury's Delicious Mushroom Flavoured Biscuits" (EYE 012)

For 22 years MOOCH are on the forefront of british psychedelic space rock. Powered by the creativity of their main member Steve Palmer, they released several albums of ambient, electronic, progressive, psychedelic and free festival spacerock mindblowing headtrips. Cosmic Eye Records is proud to release their 25th and very first vinyl album "Mrs Silbury's Delicious Mushroom Flavoured Biscuits"; a return to space rock. 

Featuring collaborations from Garry Moonboot Masters (Magic Mushroom Band, Astralasia, Moonboot Oz), Cyndee Lee Rule (legendary space violin), Alex Pym (Dream Machine, Damidge), Bridget Wishart (Hawkwind, Demented Stoats, Hippy Slags, Spirits Burning), Damien Redmond (longtime Mooch member) and Jez Creek (Mooch, Modulator, Astrogator, Cerberus, Quadra) the new album is a continuation of the Silbury family saga that started with the monumental double CDr " Dr Silbury's Liquid Brainstem Band". Here MOOCH offer the additional means of being transported into another realm; with seven progressive space rock excursions that are the perfect vehicle for Steve Palmer's hypnotizing and trippy swirls of sounds. This album is in fact more like a musical journey than a collection of tracks, taking the listener on a magic carpet ride, fuelled by the most intense interstellar psychedelic energy. So far-out!

Does anyone remember the Free Festival years? Heading off for Stonehenge on the Peace Convoy? Club Dog or Alice in Wonderland? Reading Freakbeat, Ptolemaic Terrascope or Crohinga Well? Buying your cassettes & vinyls from the Freak Emporium or at the back of bands' vans? If you want to relive the experience, jump on the MOOCH's mothership, serve yourselves some of Mrs Silbury's delicious mushroom flavoured biscuits, close your eyes and be prepared for the take-off. The trip is about to begin!

Sample here.

 
Limited Edition of 400 copies
- 200 coloured vinyl  € 20.00
- 200 black vinyl  € 18.00




Release Date: 24 Dec. 2014

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ATOMIC SIMAO "Nōdo" (EYE 011)



ATOMIC SIMAO are Ukraine's best kept secret. A mindblowing mixture of trippy psychedelic groove and space rock textures. The child of the great underground acid jam wave of the 60's, infused by a big inspiration from the 90's electronic space music. By pulling elements from several genres and layering them flawlessly, the band creates pretty solid tripped out tracks. Their music memorizes with intensity and diversity.

In their debut album "Nōdo", they create mind-enhancing psychedelic soundscapes in an organized chaos of acid-jazz, psych rock, and space rock. Listening to their music is like setting off on a long unexpected journey where multiple story lines unfold simultaneously and you are caught in the middle, observing and trying to figure out the places this trip will take you and how it will conclude. These guys dig deep in their sonic exploration, creating lengthy multilayered instrumental compositions with organic flow and an excellent deal of improvisations. It's the sound of a progressive and challenging hybrid of psychedelia and space rock; wild and untamed but at the same time harmonious and very enjoyable.

"Nōdo" sounds like emerging from ancient times to be experienced again by the enlightened people of the day. Turn it up and enjoy ATOMIC SIMAO’s sound and all its trippiness! 

Sample here.

 
Limited Edition of 350 copies
- 200 coloured vinyl  € 20.00
- 150 black vinyl  € 18.00


Release Date: 18 Dec. 2014

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