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This Weekend I’ll Mostly be Listening to… Hawkwind Light Orchestra – Carnivorous October 31, 2020

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Carnivorous, coronavirus…Released this month, the same month, practically the same weekend, I arrived in my mid-50s was this, Hawkwind spin-off – or more accurately pared down version of Hawkwind – Hawkwind Light Orchestra. Comprising of three members of the current incarnation of Hawkwind – Dave Brock, drummer Richard Chadwick and various instruments played by Magnus Martinthis is their second album. More on Hawkwind in another post later today, but fair to say that if you like Hawkwind you will probably like this quite a lot and if you don’t your probably won’t. To my ears HLO is actually a slightly harder edged proposition than the main group – but that is purely a subjective opinion. It is, as might be expected, a mix of somewhat motorik inflected heavy rock, ambient soundscapes, electronica – some samples well deployed, and pretty much everything that Hawkwind and various adjacent groups have been offering, arguably since their first outing in 1969. The production and sound is oddly smeared, which I kind of like – there’s a looseness to it. And needless to say there’s a Sonic Attack style track too in the shape of Lockdown (Keep Calm) which while hyperbolic is entertaining.

With a title referencing coronavirus the album touches on that amongst other issues – veganism, overpopulation, ecological and societal collapse, though in quite a deft way. Music for the times we’re in.

Some other tracks from their previous album here too – Stellar Variations from 2013 which has a more techno/rock/trance orientation (and on “4 legs good, 2 legs bad” sound uncannily like Shriekback in parts)…

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