Mothership – “The Eleven Dimensional Symphony”
From Aural Innovations #38 (Jan 2008)
A deadly rain of spores from a distant galaxy is falling from the skies, and all life on Earth is doomed. But there’s hope for the individual, like the captain of the Ida Lee, who has built his own spaceship out of spare parts and plans to leave the Earth in time to save his life and that of the one he loves. So begins the story of The Eleven Dimensional Symphony, the debut album from Colorado space rockers Mothership.
From it’s elegiac opening, with gentle strummed acoustic guitar, shimmering, distant synth sounds, and lonely whistling, the story of the hapless Captain of the Ida Lee unfolds through songs bearing such influences as Pink Floyd, early Nektar, Spacemen 3, and even Bob Dylan! The Mothership sound is rich, melodic and spacey. While there are many mellow acoustic sections, they certainly don’t shy away from heavy passages, and layers of glistening guitar noise. As we follow the unnamed Captain on his journey through the loss of his loved one, encounters with a god-like being, the evolution of cybernetic companions, and ultimately, the penetration of a virtual reality of the imagination, the music conveys his moods, his loneliness, and the awesome spectacle of what he is witnessing. There are digressions, like the terrific Ida Lee, a kind of cosmic cowboy song that could have easily been some country rocker singing about his pick-up truck till you realize it’s the Captain singing about his spaceship. But delicious touches of liquid, psychedelic guitars never let it slide into the mundane. There are a few instrumentals too, like the experimental ambient exploration of White Nebula and Bright Point of Blue Light that connect the more song-oriented pieces together. One of the standouts is Serious Coyote, a 10-minute song, which begins as a fluid acoustic ballad laced with eerie slide guitar, before it builds into an explosive space rock jam that soars through the heavens.
From the dreamy acoustic psychedelia of Is That a Star to the dark and mesmerizing rock of Curtis Lightning to the blistering, spacey alt-rock of Cornelius, The Eleven Dimensional Symphony covers a lot of ground, but without losing track of their story and the overall mood of the concept. In the above mentioned song, Cornelius, the Captain, lost in the complexities of The White Nebula implores the god-like being of the title to play him one of His cosmic melodies. Fortunately, we don’t have to go to such extremes, we just have to pop in the CD and we get to listen to some great cosmic melodies as played by Mothership. Recommended!
Check the band's web sites at: http://www.myspace.com/mothershipbandname
Reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald