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“Umma” is a 34-minute instrumental of textural music, with some arresting clanging percussive separation in its equable 12-minute build-up; gradually a bass riff appears (Hasse) that is repeated throughout, and on 20-minutes Jonathan Siegel’s violin and Dr Space’s synths take us out in a state of tranquillity that is most welcome in this bustling world we live in. The reference in the title of the piece is of course to PINK FLOYD’s “Ummagumma”.

‘Birum Magic’ is a different kind of exposition of meditative music in that it involves an exchange between Hasse and drummer Tito on birim baus, an Angolan musical bow, in 7:45 of its 45 plus minutes, and also favours a prolonged and circumspect build-up. Just over half way through a lingering synth wave and a tentative guitar line appears that becomes increasingly engaging, underpinned by a repetitive, hypnotic bassline. This signposts a change to a more rock-orientated approach confirmed by the more intense drumming around 25-minutes in, as the guitars continue to improvise (both speakers), surrounded by swirling, swishing synths.

The continuing popularity and prolificity of ØSC can be seen by the many faces that pop up on their Bandcamp page boosted by a subscription service delivering repeated doses of out there space rock to their fans.

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