There’s a tangible sense of the alien surrounding London jazz trio The Comet is Coming, though jazz feels too grounded a descriptor for their singular blend of psychedelia, funk, electronica and whatever entity they channel during the improvised sessions from which their recordings are born. They even go under the following striking pseudonyms: King Shabaka, Betamax Killer and Danalogue The Conqueror. I like to think of them as Sun Ra’s current representatives on Earth.
After two career-defining years which saw them pick up a Mercury Prize nomination for their 2016 album Channel The Spirits and a plethora of accolades for 2017’s Death to the Planet EP, we make contact with Betamax and Danalogue, who take us on a guided tour through their individual psyches, with stops at various outposts both musical and philosophical. And one at Gareth Bale.
The Comet Is Coming will play at Field Day this summer. See HERE.
TERRY RILEY - CELESTIAL VALLEY
Danalogue: This record Shri Camel changed my life. Riley plays on a modified Yamaha Organ in Pythagorean tuning which differs from regular piano tuning, details of which are long and boring, but the sound it creates is instantly otherworldly and creates an air of mystery to me as soon as I play this record. Also worth noting - if you play all 4 tracks from the LP at once, they make one MEGA mashup version. PS Look at that cover art!