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The Comet Is Coming - Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery

by Sean Hewson Rating:10 Release Date:2019-03-15
The Comet Is Coming - Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery
The Comet Is Coming - Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery

Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery is The Comet Is Coming’s second album. Fittingly it’s out on legendary jazz label, Impulse! I think I reviewed their debut (Channel The Spirits) and said it was ace. There was a big feature on The Comet Is Coming and the other leading lights of British Jazz in Mojo this month. If the Beatles fans are taking notice, something must be going on. Also, the cover is awesome - a Neowave dream by some bright spark.

Danalogue’s keyboards start the album off on Because The End Is Really The Beginning, with Betamax crashing his symbols in the background. King Shabaka then takes an ethereal solo on, I’m guessing, alto sax as Betamax rolls around his kit. This is scene setting of the highest order - it’s like you’re walking around in the album cover. I haven’t had that feeling since Roger Dean and Yes. Birth Of Creation is more of a dirty groove with Shabaka on bass sax and Betamax playing a slow breakbeat. Danalogue then uncovers a nasty, bassy throb whilst a Shabaka wanders around in the sax’s higher range. The feeling is Space Age Spiritual Jazz. A quicker synth pulse drives Summon The Fire and Shabaka plays through an echo unit. Lush synth strings come in and Summon The Fire proves to be something of a banger. Three songs, three different feels, but all clearly by the same band. Kate Tempest guests on Blood Of The Past. The groove is pretty huge, driven by Betamax’s slow and solid drumming and Danalogue huge and filthy bass line. Shabaka wails over the top. There are over three minutes of spell-binding music before Tempest’s spoken word comes in painting a nightmarish vision in her London accent. The band then take over again with Shabaka pushing the solo even more. The outro is very bombastic. There’s a touch of Prog about The Comet Is Coming. We’re back in space for Super Zodiac which has a huge Acid House groove to it. Shabaka’s sax chatters away periodically and Danalogue hangs the synth pads around the place. Betamax’s drumming is exceptional on this - a bit Tony Allen. The Prog keyboards and the frantic playing of the other two shouldn’t work but they absolutely do. Again, it’s a total banger. Astral Flying is more subdued and has the feeling of Lanquidity-era Sun Ra and also 80s Tangerine Dream. It’s a feast for the senses. Again, there’s a fascinating outro as they try to cram all their ideas in. The frantic drums and synth pads are back for Timewave Zero. Throughout the album, Shabaka’s playing has been strangely conversational, and his most chatty and melodic playing is on this track. The keyboards, taken alone are pretty Prog (full of Tony Banks-like stabs), but with the whole band playing it becomes something entirely different. Unity is a pretty little number (that’s not damning it with faint praise). Shabaka continues to play melodically, but the keyboards and drums are more restrained. The album finishes with The Universe Wakes Up. It starts off as melancholic piece of Spiritual Jazz with mainly sax and keyboards until Betamax comes in with some startling Free Jazz drumming that justifies their place on Impulse! by itself. This in turn pushes the other two to head for space and the album ends gloriously,

What a time to be alive. I’ve reviewed three albums so far this week and they’ve all been absolute belters. The frantic pace of some of the tracks and of the creativity, coupled with the sheer number of bangers make Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery, at least to me, a partner album for the new Foals LP. I really don’t think you need any particular prior knowledge of Jazz (I’m only a dabbler myself) to be floored by this album.

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