Bubbling techno and gentle guitar chords softly pulse from out of haunting Tangerine Dream-like atmospherics before giving way to waves of soothing ambient textures, but a droning tension keeps everything hanging until the gears suddenly shift and within seconds everything accelerates into deep electro rumblings and a cool meld of Kraftwerk beats and echoing guitars. Just as Bobby Gillespie-like vocals kick in, Come Out, Come Down, Fade Out, Be Gone has built into a feverish pitch – one that never really lets go, not for nearly nine minutes. This is Norwegian space rock and it’s the closest you’ll get to blasting from the Galactica’s hanger in a fraaking Viper. I’ve listened to the self-titled album non-stop for the past two weeks and I’m blown away every time COCDFOBG kicks in. The rest of the debut album from the Oslo foursome never gets as good, but that’s only cuz the intro sets such a high bar. Noisy guitar work, "motorik" beats, techno-elements that draw from some of Europe’s pioneers, and distorted, grimy-but-desperate vocals, with lyrics that hint at Kowalski’s race-car imagery, ‘cept lines like "spotless minds like city snow" which remind you that this is cold, dark Scandinavia, not highway 69. I could go on about this band, but C-Musik has just kicked in, and lines like "just like cars on the highway, speeding through the night" remind me I’ve got Cylons to kill.
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