Why a Swedish band names itself after Yuri Gagarin, and not Christer Fuglesang, Sweden's first man in space, should remain their secret. Maybe because "Christer Fuglesang" doesn't go as well with the music as "Yuri Gagarin". Whatever. The quartet already made their debut in 2013, which will now receive a new release on CD and LP (the latter limited to 500 copies on blue transparent vinyl) with improved sound. Four longtracks are dedicated to the dirty old spacerock of the brand Hawkwind or Monster Magnet. Yuri Gagarin go to work clearly more jam-like, without degenerating into boundlessness. The longest track is still within a manageable range with ten minutes. Nevertheless, there can be no question of song structures here. It is violently and quite ripped off gespacerockt. All four tracks are powered by high-energy drums. Rushing space sounds in the background and reefs, reefs and more reefs in front. And one guitar solo at a time. Everything simply structured, but brilliantly staged.
Top track: The Big Rip