A band from Greece sent in some music, and it gave me a bit of nostalgia for spacey psychedelic dubs…
Consciousness Federation is a band made up of two chaps named Kostas and Kostas.
Their first LP Plasma was released on a Plusquam sublabel imprint back in 2008. We grabbed 5 tracks from this one, sounds which really reminds me of a cross between Solar Fields, Shulman, and Saafi Brothers (…anyone remember those guys?). Beyond the Exosphere is a slow building stompy number with rising arpeggiations that bleeds rhythmic tension off until a gentle landing. This is the track that clued me in that I needed to pay more attention to the tracks (rather then tapping through them). Another notable track on this one is Without a Shape, which might be an entry on a more modern Blade Runner soundtrack; it’s slow and moody, deliberate and slightly haunting.
Two EPs also came in: Terrestrial Intelligence and Extrospection, both containing more recent work… I grabbed several tracks from them for the OEM library. Extrospection in particular has two stunning pieces, Causes and Effects, and The Creation of Morning Light.
Consciousness Federation has a knack for long compositions with slow builds, odd accents, and layered textures: both in the rhythm section and the leads. This is music that you can either dial your mind into to pick apart the layered complexities, or let your mind go a little bit and let it wash over you for a more visceral experience.