Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The latest effort from UK-based modern jazz group The Comet is Coming, entitled Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery, is an imposing foray of lively and innovative electronic-infused bangers.
The group comes full force with a stunning variety of instrumentals, found chiefly in saxophonist King Shabaka’s visceral tones on tracks like “Summon The Fire” and “Super Zodiac.” These grinding saxophone roars are played against thick, sweeping synthesizers and urgent drum grooves. “Timewave Zero” utilizes a particularly insistent drum pattern.
Other tracks are slower and more atmospheric. “Astral Flying” incorporates the dense instrumentations found throughout the entire record but with softer pads and a warmer woodwind tone, along with some interesting synth tinkles toward the end. Cuts like these break up the more pugnacious parts of the record and encourage introspection within the listener. The closing track, “The Universe Wakes Up,” reinforces an optimistic attitude with pleasant chord changes and wide saxophone arpeggiations. “Unity” falls in the vein of this attitude as well, keeping a steady groove while peppering in melodic lines and pads here and there.
Rapper/poet Kate Tempest makes an appearance on Lifeforce, adding apocalyptic lyrics outlining a dehumanized consumer culture to the catastrophic “Blood of the Past.”
The only real weakness of the album is that amongs the many electronic arpeggiations, sub-basses, and saxophone licks, some moments feel repetitive. The opening track, “Because The End Is Really The Beginning,” is sort of an ambient drone with few interesting tones and melodies but ultimately doesn’t offer more than a five-minute wash of noise with the same ideas repeated over and over again.
Still, The Comet Is Coming has tastefully produced a futuristic, inventive record with Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery.