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COEM - We've Got Speakers On The Outside Of Our Spacecraftdotdotdot
artworkCOEM (Coin Operated Entertainment Machine) is a psychedelic machine music outfit with hints of surf and sometimes aquatic imagery. Generally way outside my scope of interest, We've Got Speakers On The Outside Of Our Spacecraft presents some tracks that caught my attention. Don't go expecting surf music, but if you frequent the fringes, consider this.
Picks: Intro, Interlude, Last Night On Earth, Nightshop, Interlude Two, Interlude Three

Track by Track Review


Intro dotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

Thick piano and guitar in a spooky psychedelic wash swirl like Grateful Dead Winterland jams circa 1968. This is aquatic in the sense of the post classic era depression and anger that turned the music sharply left. If you've seen surf films from '68 and '69, many of them felt like this.

Interlude dotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

"Interlude" is an echoed solo keyboard cycle accompanied by dry muted surf guitar in a layered wash of sound. It portrays the sea calming after a dreadful storm while those on shore mourn the fool hearty that ignored the dangerous surf.

Last Night On Earth dotdotdot
Psychedelic Jazz (Instrumental)

"Last Night On Earth" is an almost jazzy number with a seventies feel. Slow and slowly building, this is part endless sequence, part horn flight, and part blue jazz. part way through, a heavy dark psychedelic guitar rises through sustained angular chords. It's a nice piece of music, but not the least bit aquatic.

Nightshop dotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

Near surf guitar playing a clockwork pattern against a metronome is compelling. It may not be surf per say, but you can easily imagine it playing behind longboarders crisscross crossing glassy faces at Malibu. "Nightshop" is haunting and lonely.

Interlude Two dotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

Like "Interlude," but slightly more musical and layered with backward guitar and psychedelic theremin. If Silver Apples were to attempt surf, this would be it.

Interlude Three dotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

"Interlude Three" sports backward guitar, a haunting melody line, and sounds rising and falling in and out of focus is a psychedelic manner. The dry muted guitar hints of the surf.