Friday, July 13, 2007

COSMIC DEBRIS "3.7K" LP 1980 (US)


Based in Oklahoma, initially the group performed as a duo under the name of CONTEMPORARY SYNTHESIZER ENSEMBLE. Then Richard Bugg met folk rock guitarist/songwriter Shawn Phillips and became close friends. Before recording the first album, the group had gone through several changes (one was being renamed COSMIC DEBRIS) and asked Phillips to perform on the recording, thinking that having a famous player on the record would help them getting a major label deal. Thus begun one of the most unusual collaborations in music business.

The album name is taken from the echo of the 'Big Bang', which is found at 3.7 degrees above absolute zero (3.7 degrees Kelvin). Bugg and Young recorded the tracks in two days at Media Studios in Oklahoma and sent the master tape to Phillips at his home in Italy where he overdubbed his parts. Then they mixed the album in their living room.

Privately issued in their own Non Compos Mentis label, the mega-rare COSMIC DEBRIS album consists a perfect example of electronic spacerock. The music is virtuosic keyboard/guitar driven space-prog, anchored with a strong drum rhythm, improvisational at times, yet always strongly executed. Directly compared with the electronic sides of HAWKWIND, PINK FLOYD, GONG and Steve HILLAGE, "3.7K" is flooding with spacious keyboard effects, uplifting rhythm section and some exhilarating guitar work. Highly recommended.

Get it here.

7 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Thank you King Mutant for sharing a GEM I would have never known about had it not been for your posting.
This band sounds alot like the Aussie band Cybotron. The only Cybotron I own is Colossus which is a later 70s K. Schutze with some kickass rock drumming. No guitar, no singing. Just very mice electronic music with a rock feel.Cosmic Debris is right up there! If you post som emore Cybotron like Implossions I would greatly appreciate it. BTW this is not the same Cybotron as the Detroit Kraftwerk wannabe's.

SIYS said...

Mutant Sounds has got to be one of the greatest music blogs on the Internet!!! I can't believe how much rare and obscure music you have posted here. It's truly awesome and amazing and I both salute you and thank you for this incredible resource you so graciously share with all.

I am very close friends with one of the founding members of this band and was totally floored to find this album posted here. I have the vinyl, but since my turntable no longer works, finding a digital rip is fantastic!!!!

Thanks again!!!!

vaalkoth said...

Can someone re-up this or share it again? Link is dead.