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Albums Of The Week: The Comet Is Coming | Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam

Written and recorded in a mere four days, the cosmic U.K. jazz power trio’s steller third full-length is a sonic supernova that expands in multiple directions at once.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam — the third album from The Comet Is Coming — finds the London trio creating a musical landscape that is equally cerebral as it is physically enthralling. While containing elements of jazz throughout, this release leans further into heavy dancehall themes, providing hypnotic, electronic soundscapes to dance to while keeping you intellectually stimulated.

On these 11 tracks, the Mercury Prize-nominated trio — synth magician and producer DanDanalogue’ Leavers, drummer-producer MaxBetamax’ Hallett and saxophonist/spiritual riffologist Shabaka Hutchings — burn brightly, soundtracking our epoch of change in ways their contemporaries simply aren’t trying to. Grabbing you by the head with their relentless and fiery sound, they fuse visceral punk rock, interstellar jazz blasts, psychedelic trips and dance-floor trances into an intoxicating sound that refuses to compromise. Not bad for an album that was written and recorded in just four days.

Tracks like Pyramids — which comes drenched in layers of controlled synth-syncopation, with Shabaka’s iconic minimalism pulsing forward — and Atomic Wave Dance are stone-cold bangers, made for a nightclub on a space station. Lucid Dreamer, on the other hand, is a vulnerable and emotional guided meditation led by Danalogue’s Ensoniq synth eerily evoking humanoid choir voicings through technology. This album has the unrelenting, driving and fiery muscle that the Comet are known for, but creates a space where ideas about the future — dystopian or hopeful — technology, artificial intelligence, hidden meanings and transcendental transformations can exist.

Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam follows their 2016 debut Channel The Spirits and 2019’s Trust In The Life Force of the Deep Mystery, which garnered praise far and wide, as did the followup EP The Afterlife.”