The Comet is Coming: The Afterlife (Impulse!/digital outlets)

 |   |  <1 min read

The Comet is Coming: The Afterlife (Impulse!/digital outlets)

Billed as “a companion piece to the group's breakout album Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery”, (an Elsewhere favourite from earlier this year) this six track, 30 minute mini-album further advances the project of this UK jazz-cum-electronica phenomenon.

Released to coincide with an American tour, this announces itself with All That Matters is the Moments which features a stentorian Babylon-referencing chantdown by guest poet Joshua Idehen full of apocalyptic gloom over the searing saxophone of King Shabaka (also in Sons of Kemet), the furiously busy drumming of Betamax and synth effects by Danalogue.

At almost eight minutes it doesn't spare its potential audience and it is a demanding, energetic and confrontational ride. It's not for the faint-hearted but if you've heard Trust in the Lifeforce then this seems like a logical step forward and down into the depths.

These are deeper and more profoundly psychedelic-jazz pieces which roam from the thoughtful (The Softness of the Planet) to the atmospherically drifting (the title track and the standout closer The Seven Planetary Heavens which builds in subtle intensity) and free jazz space-prog (the first of the two-part Lifeforce pieces).

And their signature sound of melodic repetition again binds much of this together.

Start with that full album then turn your special attention to this.

Same prism, different refractions.

You can hear The Afterlife on Spotify here


Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Jazz articles index

Tim Hopkins: Seven (Rattle Jazz)

Tim Hopkins: Seven (Rattle Jazz)

As with the Rattle album Ancient Astronaut Theory by Dave Lisik (interviewed here) and Richard Nunns, I was invited to write the liner notes for this release on Rattle's jazz imprint. I was... > Read more

Olivier Holland: Duets (Ode)

Olivier Holland: Duets (Ode)

Perhaps because it is a challengingly naked form, there has not been a great tradition in New Zealand jazz for duet recordings. In fact the only one that immediately springs to mind is Open Door by... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE BAND; ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE BOX SET (1994): Genius all boxed up . . . or maybe not all.

THE BAND; ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE BOX SET (1994): Genius all boxed up . . . or maybe not all.

For the record, I turned off the Band around the period they hit the cover of Time magazine in January 1970 - which is to say I never really got into them. This is no brag that when they went... > Read more

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS: Trip, stumble and fall

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS: Trip, stumble and fall

When we look at the cast of misfits, murderers and murder victims, oddballs and eccentrics in our articles at WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT, you'd be entitled to ask why Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and... > Read more