3rd Ear Experience is the new space jam project by Doug Pinnick (King's X) and Robbi Robb (Tribe After Tribe). Together with six other musicians they jammed in a studio on the edge of the Mojave Desert. The four longtracks created during these sessions were made available for download under the title "Peacock Black". Now the laconically titled "Boi" is the first regular album of the new Spacerock hope. The opener "Space Tripping" begins - like Mike Oldfield's "The Songs Of Distant Earth" twenty years ago - with the words "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" read out by William Anders: On Christmas Eve 1968, the US astronaut had sent the first lines of the creation story to Earth on board Apollo 8 as a greeting message. After the religious support it's time for a hard Pompös-Spacerock, to which one can and must headbang in orbit and with a space helmet on the turnip. The following "The Ocean" cooks down powerfully, lets a too sonorous voice, mighty Seventies- Georgel and relaxed feedback guitars à la Neil Young bathe in a psych ballad oasis. The eleven-minute title song builds up slowly, takes its time, only to suddenly sweep over the listener in a regular guitar ORKAN; the best way to let it roar around you through headphones - the trail of "devastation" is the widest. Male singing and female speaking voice create the definitive soundtrack for head cinema. "Wheel Of Fortune" circles heavy rock, pumping space rhythms and electronic gimmicks around each other. In the second half, the driving, floydiger Spacerock in the tradition of "Let There Be More Light" is added. "Swallow" makes the song itself come out stronger. The mantra "Aurora", moving like in LSD slow motion, allows a completely spherical exit from the "USS Boi". There's plenty for the "third eye" to discover here. Pull in and float away!
Top track: Boi