Yes, one of the greatest hopes for the future of acid rock, Denver’s own Osmium House, has returned with a head-spinning live album that’ll surely open up your third eye.
The album is comprised of two sprawling improvised epics, “Twisting Mystic Minds of The Ministry” (Parts One and Two). Part One begins with synth moodscapes that are reminiscent of Vangelis and Tangerine Dream’s cinematic work, before evolving into a slow astral boogie that chugs along like some sort of monstrous locomotive. The guitar work here ranges from faint whispers to mind-bending howls that sound as though they’re reverberating out from some past nightmare. This is a great example of how the band can lock into a killer groove and just let it rip.
Part Two begins with a furious synth battle, which sparks and erupts over a manic drumbeat, sounding like what might have happened if Cluster and Faust were to duke it out on stage. Barbed guitars eventually emerge through the cloudy mist of distortion, snarling and flailing in all directions, as the song revs up into high gear. After reaching a sharp climax, the track slowly descends into a swampy chill-out zone of feverish drones and dirgey feedback. As the song finally fades to silence, it feels as though your trip has ended, your mind has woken from its dream, and reality has been restored. What a ride.
In a way, these tracks, which were improvised around a basic skeleton of ideas, feel like a modern response to many of the early Pink Floyd experimental performances. Pieces like the embryonic jams that became “Saucerful of Secrets,” or “Interstellar Overdrive” or even the oft-forgotten The Man and The Journey shows come to mind when you blast these songs.
Yet, Osmium House pushes beyond the tried and true sounds of classic psychedelic groups and has reached a sonic identity that is entirely theirs alone. While their previous efforts certainly bore a totally unique sound, I believe that Live at Glitter City is where the group has completely come into their own. It’s like you are hearing the band plotting a new direction to follow in real time.
Based on the strength shown here and the obvious growth that’s occurred between releases, we are all very lucky that we’ll able to experience the band’s next several inevitable milestones. Be sure to follow them on Bandcamp and Instagram (@osmium_house) and witness their voyage for yourself.
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