New Comets Ov Cupid EP. Over the last few years Comets Ov Cupid has taken on a power trio formation to play more metallic instrumental Space Rock pieces. Erik Wivinus (bass) and Matt Entsminger (drums) both hailing from the legendary Minneapolis Space Rock Band Thunderbolt Pagoda. Erik and Matt bring forth a volcanic energy that really moves Comets into some exciting new territory. I hope you enjoy. Dave Onnen of Thunderbolt Pagoda at the recording helm. Best when played loud.
Comets Ov Cupid
Guitar: Jason Kesselring
Bass: Erik Wivinus
Drums: Matt Entsminger
Live at Eagles Club
Aug 28, 2015. The Medusa of the Skies
Clark Ashton Smith
Like a worm-fretted visage from the tomb,
The moon unswathes her hollow, shrunken head,
Launching such light as foulders on the dead
From pallid skies more death-like than the gloom.
Under her beams the breasted lands assume
Dead hues, and charnel shapes unceremented;
And shadows that towering sepulchers might shed
Move livid as the shadows on dials of doom.
On hills like tumuli, and waters mute,
A whiteness steals as of a world made still
When reptant Death at last rears absolute—
An earth now frozen by malefice of eyes
Aeonian dooms and realm-deep rigors fill—
The gaze of that Medusa of the skies.
“Eko Eko Aradia” by Comets Ov Cupid is a terrific set of four Kosmische drone/synth/effects-laden-guitars pieces, all of which build up a suitably spacey atmosphere. Jason Kesselring is the man behind the project, playing all the instruments, with the album set to reflect the wide-open space and Cold War mystery of his native North Dakota. Opener ‘Sein Und Zeit’ matches phased drones and pads with a deeply reverberated guitar (though it sounds like a santoor or dulcimer). The title track adds more mysterious voices to the sound world, while ‘Fly By The Comet’ is a patchwork of harmonics, sound effects and gliss guitar. Album closer ‘The Infernal Star’ pits an oscillating guitar arpeggio with more spacey effects. Fans of the the music of Quiet World who like a bit of added cosmic mystery would enjoy this. It doesn’t vary too much, but it builds up an effective set of atmospheres if you stick with it.
Thunderbolt Pagoda is a progressive space rock group from Minneapolis and are absolutely fantastic. So when they asked me to collaborate with them for Kosmische Drone set for the Drone Not Drones (http://dronenotdrones.com/) event I jumped at the chance. Here are some pics of our performance that night.