Comacozer “KALOS EIDOS SKOPEO” Album Review + Stream…

Kalos Eidos Skopeo_Album Cover

COMACOZER

KALOS EIDOS SKOPEO – CD // DD // Vinyl

Headspin Records released August 20, 2017

Reviewed by Zachary “+Norway+” Turner

 

Lineup:
Rick Burke – Guitars
Rich Elliott – Bass
Andrew Panagopoulos – Drums / Percussion
Frank Attard – Synth / Effects

Previous Releases:
Deloun/Sessions is a compilation of their first two E.P.s via 2015 and 2014 respectively.

First Full Length release was Astra Planeta in 2016.

Tracklist:
Axis Mundi     (13:40)
Nystagmus     (12:26)
Hylonomus    (13:43)
Enuma Elish  (12:58)

Review:
Comacozer is an Australian Space Rock band that are a strange mix of Acid Mothers Temple, Fripp and Eno, with a dash of that good ol’ Stoner fuzz thrown in… or as they tell you; [We are an]“Instrumental psych space doom from Sydney, Australia..[so just]

press play….
close your eyes….
lose your mind….
take the journey thru space and time…”

The art for this album is done by Iqbal Tawakal. It’s like seeing into someone’s trip as they listen to the album.Promo Shot

 

Track-by-track Breakdown:

***Axis Mundi
The song starts off with a repeating of an almost transportive arpeggio and a strumming on the guitar. Slowly the bass comes in and repeats the guitar. When the cymbal creeps in the arpeggio stops and we get into the first jam. At 4:34-ish we begin to get more distortion added to the guitar as it wahs back and forth in almost a trance state and it continues until the 10 minute mark. Now, we start getting back to familiar territory from the beginning of the track; there is a new element though, a subtle click. Around 12:50-ish we slow down more and more until 13:20 as the song fades out.

The term axis mundi refers to “… a point of connection between sky and earth where the four compass directions meet.” and is also “in certain beliefs and philosophies, is the world center, or the connection between Heaven and Earth.” there are a lot more information and connections to our world so check out the underlined name above to learn more… (i.e. read the page while you listen to the song)

***Nystagmus
This track starts off close to how the middle of the first track acts. It is also the track that made me think of Fripp //Brian Eno and Acid Mothers Temple. The guitar is playing an almost repetitive riff and the only thing that really changes are the affects on it. Around 8:50-ish we get a new sound (the fuzz is back) and we get our “stoner rock moment” which lasts until the end of the track.

This explanation is really science-y and word so I’ll use the brief explanation with a LINK to a whole page on the subject. “Nystagmus is a condition of involuntary eye movement, acquired in infancy or later in life, that may result in reduced or limited vision. Due to the involuntary movement of the eye, it has been called “dancing eyes”.

Band Shot

***Hylonomus
Has a Far Eastern, and almost atmospheric, sounding opening that lasts 40 seconds. Much like the 2nd track it has a repeating structure and the things that change are 2 minutes in we get the Far Eastern influence back and almost 11 and ½  minutes in, they get faster, repeating the established pattern, and it slowly fades out leaving us behind.

The Hylonomus “is an extinct genus of reptile that lived 312 million years ago during the Late Carboniferous period. It is the earliest unquestionable reptile” learn more HERE.

***Enuma Elish
The last track is the most Fripp and Eno sounding track and uses the most sound effects. It starts off slow and slowly gains momentum. More and more layers are added to the sound and toward the end we get some of the more fuzzier riffs and it ends like the start of the first song making the album almost a loop.

Enûma Eliš is the is the Babylonian creation myth. The myth can be read HERE.

Album Info

In Conclusion:
This album is a really good experience and it is best listened to as one continuous song (Because of the looping effect on the end of the last track on beginning of the first track. And to have the best feeling about the album I had to listen to it multiple times before finishing the review.  I recommend you do as well as Comacozer delivers their best work to date!!

As the saying goes… Smoke ‘em if ya got ’em!

Extra Links:

https://comacozer.bandcamp.com/album/kalos-eidos-skopeo

https://www.facebook.com/pg/comacozerband/about/?ref=page_internal

https://www.discogs.com/artist/4614263-Comacozer

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axis_mundi

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nystagmus

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hylonomus

http://www.sacred-texts.com/ane/enuma.htm

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