Friday, October 09, 2020

Hugo Race And The True Spirit - Star Birth [Gusstaff Records Promo]

Scheduled for release via Polish imprint Gusstaff Records on October 17th, 2k20 is "Starbirth", the latest a.k.a. fifteenth full length album by Melbourne-born Rock Music staple Hugo Race who is joined by his band The True Spirit for this outing which is released as a limited lathe-cut edition of 66 copies, 2xCD and digital download - for the last mentioned as a twin album variation named "Starbirth / Stardeath". Written and conceived throughout the period of catastrophic Australian bushfires in 2019 and mixed at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2k20 the twelve songs on "Star  Birth" weigh in a proper crossover between spaced out Rock, electronics and a tripping, psychedelic element prevalent from the first moments of the opener "Can't Make This Up" onwards to the smokey, touching sunset-ballad "Darkside", the ever spiralling (Neo)Cosmic / (Neo)Kraut resembling vibes of "Embryo" as well as the Pink Floyd'esque "Heavenly Bodies", the fascinating groove monster that is "Holy Ghost" and the beautiful, cinematic elegies accompanying the tender Spoken Words to be found in "United" just to name a few. Imagine a love child of Babylon Zoo, Beck, the deepest, trippiest outings of the Stereo MC's in their 'Connected'-era mixed in with the haunted souls of early The Crystal Method and the spirit of Tricky in his absolute heydays as well as good portion of dusty, classic and down-to-earth (Desert)Rock to get an idea what this all about. Essential goodness.


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