Saturday 28 October 2017

Cosmos Factory - A Journey with the Cosmos Factory (1975)

The second album from this Japanese band.

The band was a quartet with a lineup of mellotron, keyboards, synths, bass, guitars, tapes, drums, piano, timpani, vocoder, percussion and vocals.
An man also provided narrations.

Their 1973 debut album An Old Castle Of Transylvania has got a cult status and with good reason. You can read my review here.

That album sounded like a mix of Eloy and Jane. The band has not moved away from the krautrock genre on A Journey With The Cosmos Factory.

We get more of the same on this almost forty minutes long album. The songs are a lot more eclectic this time around with lots of strange twists and turns.

There is also a substantial amount of RPI influences here. Enough to draw parallels to the likes of Banco and PFM. This due to a lot of mellotron and Italian like melodies.

The Japanese accent English vocals is not dominating the sound and the music is pretty pastoral at times.

The end result is a good album which is not as immediate as the debut album but creeps up on you as a silent assassin. Enjoy.

3 points

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