With psychedelia and noise-rock rising to ascendancy across all wavelengths of the musical spectrum - represented by Temples, Bo Ningen, Teeth Of The Sea and other audio progressives - we take a look at one of California's latest space-rock exports, Lumerians' "The High Frontier".
Taking its name from Gerard K. O'Neil's 1976 illustrated book, setting out his vision for the human colonization of space, this debut album from the four-piece Oakland band is certainly intent on interplanetary travel, in search of the lifeforms and landscapes depicted on the album's asserting cover art (pictured above).
A perfect duration of 33 minutes across six diverse tracks, it is a relatively brief event, but given the density of overlaid effects, analogue noise and changes of time signature that would make King Crimson blush, anything longer might leave the listener feeling a little space-sick.
Resembling some abandoned soundtrack for Douglas Trumbull's 1972 film "Silent Running", or Nicolas Roeg's 1976 "The Man Who Fell To Earth" (the latter of which had its own alternative soundtrack that allegedly formed the foundations of Bowie's "Low", itself referencing Neu! and Kraftwerk in parts as "The High Frontier" does).
Watch the typically psychedelic video for album track "In Bloom" below:
"The High Frontier" is out across Europe now - and released in the US on 6th August.
"The High Frontier" full track listing:
1. Dogon Genesis
2. High Frontier
3. The Bloom
4. Koman Tong
5. Smokies Tangle
6. Life Without Skin
7. Abudhabijhab (Digital album only bonus track)
Find out more at www.lumerians.com