Escape the Mundane Plane With Tjutjuna's Space Rock
by Dave Segal
on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 6:25 PM
(Chop Suey) Denver five-piece Tjutjuna have bestowed to us Westerner, one of the most transcendent space-rock releases of the last 10 years—at least. Without an iota of stuffy academicism, they've integrated the formal elements of minimalist composers like Terry Riley and La Monte Young into a celestial, propulsive rock context. As a result, Tjutjuna's tracks take you higher off the mundane plane on which you exist than almost any other groups'. And with "Songer Dance," they've matched Spiritualized at their "Electric Mainline" peak. Seattle's Kingdom of the Holy Sun have taken inspiration from the Doors' "When the Music's Over" and "The End" in order to forge their own serpentine, hashish-dream rock epics. Check out their new, mojo-risin' full-length, Surya's Smile, for proof.