BAND OF THE WEEK: IT’S NOT NIGHT: IT’S SPACE

19 Feb

If the name It’s Not Night: It’s Space immediately illustrates a cosmically inclined approach to music in your mind, we can only recommend you take your protein pills and put your helmet on … and pick up the “East of the Sun and West of the Moon” EP in a solar flash.

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As evidenced by the opening seven-minute space-seance, “Moon Goose,” the approach of INN:IS is not without gravitational pull. To the cosmic contrary, the three-piece band deals in the heavier side of psychedelic sound, unafraid to dive headlong into the darkness. The rhythm of the song lumbers forward with some degree of menace and soon finds its way toward shepherding all manner of hypnotic, amplified wizardry. Despite it’s title and temperament, the song is no ugly duckling, and the alternating dirge and drive of the melodies explored within brings to mind a legendary leading of rats as much as any lunar lunacy.

Download “Moon Goose” by It’s Not Night: It’s Space

In this way, INN:IS will appeal to the inner-space explorers and pioneers as much as those whose discoveries are tethered to telescopes and umbilical cables. Appropriate then that the next song on the EP – an even longer, even more menacing moon march – is titled “V.I.T.R.I.O.L.” Don’t ask us what it means or what it stands for – but it certainly sounds like intergalactic vitriol.

There comes a clue as to what exactly it is that It’s Not Not: It’s Space stands for and their notions of inner and outer space exploration at the end of the “East of the Sun and West of the Moon,” on a drone and found-soundscape titled “I Amness.” Through the void of space we hear the words of our old friend and fellow spaceman “Ticklish” Terence McKenna, offering the cosmic truth that “no one is in control.” In space, no one can hear you lose your mind – and if they could, odds are they wouldn’t care. But if you care to lose yours, INN:IS can provide an accurate map to the stars.

“In my writing I am acting as a map maker, an explorer of psychic areas, a cosmonaut of inner space, and I see no point in exploring areas that have already been thoroughly surveyed.” Willie “White Hills” Burroughs

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