Ozric Tentacles - Space for the Earth
Space for the Earth is the latest Ozric Tentacles album due for release on 9th October 2020.
Written, programmed, recorded and produced throughout 2019/20 by Ed Wynne in ‘Blue Bubble Studios’ by the sea, this exploratory and diverse musical adventure comprises seven new tracks spanning 45 minutes. Inspired by the Scottish hills, valleys and beaches surrounding his studio, Wynne feels that lockdown in a strange kind of way has provided space for the Earth to breathe for a while and for people to rediscover its resonant healing frequency. ‘This is space music for people from the Earth to enjoy’.
Ozrics’ synth player Silas Neptune and drummer Balázs Szende join forces again with Wynne on the album which also features special guest appearances from former members synth player Joie Hinton, drummer Nick Van Gelder, flautist Champignon and percussionist Paul Hankin. Psychedelic voyager Gracerooms also contributes additional synth layers.
The album ebbs and flows through blissed-out soundscapes featuring incendiary guitar solos, space grooves and ambient atmospheres. Wynne plays his recently revived Ibanez Jem, a new 8-string guitar, all kinds of synths and bass. Van Gelder uses the original snare he played on the first six cassette albums and early live Ozric performances. One tune features Champignon playing kaval, a traditional wooden Balkan flute.
The album artwork was inspired directly by these seven tracks and realised by arboreal artist Kitty (Twisty-Trees) with help from Ed and cosmic artist Ivy.
To celebrate this year’s summer solstice Ozric Tentacles released a new single, taken from Space For The Earth, entitled “Humboldt Currant”, the track Ed Wynne states “‘It’s a light-hearted message about feeling all right. It's not trying to dig down into the depths of what is going wrong in the world but giving people a little bit of relief from everyday life, a stepping-stone into the astral plane’.
One of the most influential bands to emerge from the UK’s festival scene, Ozric Tentacles formed during the solstice at Stonehenge Free Festival 1983 going on to become psychedelic staples at Glastonbury and other festivals. The creative vision of multi-instrumentalist Ed Wynne, the Ozrics’ uniquely trippy soundscapes connect fans of progressive rock, psychedelia and dance music culture. Space for the Earth represents the next harmonic step in the unfolding Ozric journey.
Space For The Earth will be released on CD, LP (black and coloured vinyl available) and digitally and is available to pre-order HERE
Strangeitude (2020 Ed Wynne remaster)
Ozric Tentacles 2020 remaster series
THE CLASSIC ALBUM REMASTERED BY ED WYNNE AND RE-ISSUED ON HEAVYWEIGHT COLOURED VINYL FOR THE FIRST TIME ON KSCOPE
One of the most influential bands to emerge from the UK’s festival scene, the Ozrics layer ambient and ethereal landscapes with freeform dub trips, incredible rave grooves and psychedelic progressive rock. It’s an open exploration of music and the soul.
For over 30 years, the Ozrics have experienced the vicissitudes of the rock and roll life. The band has flourished through a number of line-up changes, spawned several side projects, created their own record label, put out close to 25 albums, scored a hit record and sold over a million albums world-wide. And yet, the basic motivation behind the band’s existence has never wavered.
Their signature blend of hippy aesthetics and raver electronics with spiralling guitars, textured waves of keyboard and midi samplers, and super-groovy bass and drum rhythms connects fans of progressive rock, psychedelia and DJ culture.
Strangeitude was released in 1991 and featured the band’s first single, Sploosh! which reached number 1 in the UK independent chart. This LP edition is pressed on green coloured heavyweight (180g) vinyl.
ERPLAND HEAVYWEIGHT 2LP TURQUOISE VINYL - 17 JULY
Pungent Effulgent (2020 Ed Wynne remaster)
Ozric Tentacles 2020 remaster series
THE OZRIC'S 1989 FIRST TRUE ALBUM REMASTERED BY ED WYNNE ON HEAVYWEIGHT BLUE VINYL FOR THE FIRST TIME ON KSCOPE
Pungent Effulgent, the Ozric's first 'official' album in 1989, after self-releasing material on cassettes, is the first produced to label standards and retains their explorative style based on improvisations whilst performing live.
Pungent Effulgent is available on heavyweight audiophile vinyl. The band's early influences from peers such as Hawkwind, Gong and Pink Floyd are evident in this transformative release.