Review: Space is the Place

Stephen Fruitman, igloo magazine: “Æthereal was inspired by the real-life story of the Judica-Cordiglia brothers, Italian radio amateurs who claimed to have recorded secret Soviet space program transmissions at the height of the Cold War, including the messages of doomed cosmonauts. The sound of Space Program is the polar opposite of the reassuring Contemporary Vision, lopsided and distressed, still experimenting, at times pushing the technology too far and failing. It is the space of paranoia, weird science and the Astounding Stories’ fifties and sixties, whose charm Hougaard explicitly prizes. Although it opens triumphantly, “Liftoff” becomes increasingly harrowing over its fifteen minutes. A dark, searching approach is taken on the track named after Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, an odd, hermetic philosopher considered a pioneer of space travel theory. However, the closing track “Pacific” conveys the weightless wonder and panoramic view that is the fascination of space travel in the first place.” 

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