HAWKWIND Co-Founder NIK TURNER Pilots New Video From Groundbreaking Album Space Fusion Odyssey
September 1, 2015, 6 years ago
“I have traveled far from another place… come to learn from your race…” Nik Turner intones at the outset of “Adjust The Future”, the lead off track from his forthcoming space-rock/jazz-fusion magnum opus, Space Fusion Odyssey, scheduled for launch on October 16th.
The track, like the album as a whole, features Turner’s complex, jazzy improvisations on saxophone with support provided by an insanely talented and diverse group of musicians including Steve Hillage and Gilli Smyth of ‘70s prog legends Gong as well as Chris Poland of metal giants Megadeth and Jürgen Engler of German industrial band Die Krupps. The video mixes footage of Turner with some mindblowing experimental video manipulations that harken back to the psychedelic backdrops Turner’s former band Hawkwind would frequently perform in front of. Check out the video for “Adjust The Future” below.
Space Fusion Odyssey is without a doubt the most musically ambitious undertaking Turner has ever attempted, stretching his already prodigious saxophone and flute playing skills to create instrumental soundscapes that entrance, confound, and stimulate all at the same time! An incredible crew of fellow musicians, dubbed the Interplanetary Arkestra in a nod to the great Sun Ra, help bring Turner’s vision to life such as legendary jazz drummer Billy Cobham, Doors’ guitarist Robby Krieger, Steve Hillage of Gong, Soft Machine’s John Etheridge, Amon Düül II founder John Weinzierl and many more.
The CD comes packaged in a special mini-LP gatefold with a 12-panel poster while the vinyl comes in a deluxe 12-panel poster fold-up jacket and a gorgeous starbust colored vinyl!
In addition, this year will see the publication of The Spirit Of Hawkwind 1969-1976, the definitive biography of Hawkwind’s early years as told through the eyes of Nik Turner and written by music historian Dave Thompson. The hardcover book contains 300 pages of rare and unseen photos, a comprehensive discography, and Nik’s 1975 US tour diary plus reproductions of the 1971 Galactic Tarot card deck (designed by celebrated graphic designer Barney Bubbles), the 1972 “Sonic Attack” 7” promo one-sided single in a cloth bag, and the 1971 In Search Of Space 6x9 20-page promotional booklet. It’s a feast for Hawkwind fans everywhere.
Space Fusion Odyssey tracklisting:
“Adjust The Future”
“An Elliptical Galaxy”
“A Beautiful Vision In Science Forgotten”
Bonus Tracks (CD only):
“We Came In Peace”
“Spiritual Machines Chapter 2”
“Random Acts (Revisited)” with The Fusion Syndicate
“Adjust The Future” video: