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Albums Of The Week: Hawkwind | Somnia

The British space-rock icons head inward for this sleep-themed release.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Somnia, the latest release from singer-guitarist Dave Brock and his long-runing British icons Hawkwind, follows their critically acclaimed 2020 Hawkwind Light Orchestra album Carnivorous and their 50th Anniversary Live release.

The band’s 34th album is a superb addition to the space-rock genre they created. The concept of Somnia makes many allusions to sleep. Through Roman mythology and the god of sleep Somnus, the lyrics tell the tale of sleepless paranoia, strange encounters, fever dreams and meditation. Its 13 blistering tracks — which run the gamut from soothing, dreamy fare to high-flying escursions — are spread across the deluxe CD and 180gram vinyl, which have been individually tailored to provide singular sonic experiences.”