120 Days

120 Days

Who knew Norway had a space program? The first beneficiaries – after the herring they sent into orbit in the ’50s, obviously – are Kristiansund cosmonauts 120 Days, who have transferred the celestial humming of the Milky Way’s darkest corners directly on to tape. We jest, of course. They’ve just been listening to a lot of Spaceman 3 records. But despite following every space-rock cliché in the book – enormous proggy synths, echo-drenched vocals, hard-drug use with a religious epiphany – 120 Days have made a compelling debut album, largely because they never leave you drifting without a twinkling melody or a thundering Krautrock rhythm to cling on to. Fans of Spiritualized, Secret Machines and NASA-strength skunk should set the co-ordinates without delay.

Sam Richards
7 / 10

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