For those unfamiliar with Scandinavian geography, Øresund is a region comprising the southern tip of Sweden and some of the islands that form part of Denmark. The ØRESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE is a collective, from Øresund (and the US), that play (yes, I’m gonna say it) Space Rock..
As the story goes, The Collective come together whenever they have an opportunity to jam and improvise their way through Space Rock, Prog, Jazz, Funk, and just about anything you could imagine in Psychedelic music. They record some of these sessions and release these as albums and in this case the album is called “Good Planets Are Hard To Find”. Tying them down to a genre (or explaining their style) is about as effective as stuffing a live gorilla in a fridge - sooner rather than later it will break out of its confines and probably pummel your head in. In some ways I’ve found similarities between ØSC and AYREON’S “Universal Migrator” series; multiply AYREON’S spacey sound by ten, then subtract the vocals and what you’re left with is a conglomerate of sounds including lasers, tazers, (think: synthesizer) and all sorts of things whizzing through your head. The music is heavily influenced by 60's Progressive and Psychedelic Rock and also includes a sitar that opens the album and props up here and there to add some Eastern flavour to the music. In fact, I wouldn't at all be surprised to find a few people wearing tie-dye shirts if the ØSC ever played live shows.
The fact that they play totally improvised Psychedelic Space Prog might set a few alarms ringing as more often than not, improvised music is best heard in first person and loses its charm rather quickly when put onto a disc. Although that rings true in this case, “Good Planets Are Hard To Find” is still a very enjoyable album that you should enjoy the same way you do the Scandinavian drink Akvavit – in small doses.
(Online December 25, 2009)