Klaus Schulze
Moondawn
This Is Music: The Singles 92-98
Hawkwind

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The term space rock was originally coined back in the '70s to describe the cosmic flights of bands like Pink Floyd and Hawkwind. Today, however, space rock refers to a new generation of alternative/indie bands that draw from psychedelic rock, ambient music, and -- more often than not -- experimental and avant-garde influences. Space rock is nearly always slow, hypnotic, and otherworldly; it typically favors lengthy, mind-bending sonic explorations over conventional song structures, and vocals sometimes play second fiddle to the shimmering instrumental textures. Some space rock groups are explicitly drug-inspired, which makes sense given the typically narcotic effect of the style's foundation: washes of heavily reverbed guitar, minimal drumming, and gentle, languid vocals. Space rock's most obvious antecedent was, of course, prog-rock, but in its latter-day incarnation, it was also inspired by Krautrock, classical minimalism, and the noise-pop of the Jesus & Mary Chain. The first of the new space rock bands was Britain's drone-heavy, ultra-minimalist Spacemen 3, whose notorious "taking drugs to make music to take drugs to" credo subsequently influenced most of the like-minded bands in their wake. A few of the bands involved in Britain's shoegazer movement had ties to space rock, particularly the early work of the Verve, and the most experimental bands -- like My Bloody Valentine -- went on to influence the space rock revival. In 1991, Spacemen 3 split into two groups, Spectrum and Spiritualized; the latter took the opposite musical approach from its parent group, fleshing out the space rock sound into lush, caressing, orchestrated epics that made them arguably the style's most popular band. Most subsequent space rockers took either the minimalist or maximalist approach, occasionally mixing in elements of post-rock (Flying Saucer Attack, Godspeed You Black Emperor!) or indie pop (Quickspace).

Space Rock Artists Highlights

Klaus Schulze
Klaus Schulze
Hawkwind
Hawkwind
Ozric Tentacles
Ozric Tentacles
Hans-Joachim Roedelius
Hans-Joachim Roedelius
Spiritualized
Spiritualized
Flying Saucer Attack
Flying Saucer Attack

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Moondawn
Klaus Schulze
Moondawn
This Is Music: The Singles 92-98
The Verve
This Is Music: The Singles ...
Picture Music/Body Love
Klaus Schulze
Picture Music/Body Love
Miditerranean Pads/Moondawn
Klaus Schulze
Miditerranean Pads/Moondawn
Ladies and Gentlemen... We Are Floating in Space
Spiritualized
Ladies and Gentlemen... We ...
Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Lift Your Skinny Fists ...

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Space Rock Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Floating Klaus Schulze
The Drugs Don't Work The Verve
Totem Klaus Schulze
Electricity Spiritualized
Antennas to Heaven: Moya Sings Baby-O; Edgy Swingset Acid; She ...
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Mogwai Fear Satan Mogwai
En=Trance Klaus Schulze
Bayreuth Return Klaus Schulze
Dune Klaus Schulze
Ludwig II Von Bayern Klaus Schulze

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