• skeppet – phase 3 – not not fun

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    Though active for roughly half a decade, instrumental Scandinavian hypno-kosmische duo Skeppet (Swedish for ‘vessel’ or ‘ship’) have only released two tapes, one 7″, and one split LP, all on local labels in Sweden. Even so, their mantric ceremonial psychedelia hooked us immediately, delivering on the title of a 2010 compilation curated by core members Andreas Malm and Henrik Wallin for their own Kosmisk Väg imprint: The New Wave Of Swedish Cosmic Music. For Phase 3, the group’s first full-length, they drafted Upper Layer Cruiser Martin Nilsson in to play additional percussion, infusing a texture of mind-washed congas within their futurist Popul Vuh ascension voyages and gracefully opiated raga-rock. The album mimics the journey of a deep-orbiting craft, first spiraling deep into the ether, eclipsed and endless (the 20-minute wormhole “Den Nya Kusten” aka ‘the new coast’), before arcing back towards the solar wind, increasingly sunbathed and radiant (“Solskeppet” fittingly kicks off the B side: ‘sun-ship’). A refined exploration of transportive aerodynamics and escape pod jamming by a sub-radar squadron who’ve paid their dues in the engine room. Recorded in waves across three years, partially at Skeppet’s home studio in Malmo and the rest at TonGeneration Studio with Björn Stegmann. Mastered by Eric Hanson. Block-stamped graphic artwork and layout by Henrik Wallin. Edition of 333.