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Music Editorial

cometis.jpg Welcome musicalcosmonauts

The Comet Is Coming are on a journey to the outer-reaches of the galaxy, specifically the more cosmic corners, and they’d very much like you to join them.

If you’ve ever gazed at the cover of a 1970s prog-rock album – all alien landscapes and three suns – but were disappointed that the music contained within didn’t match up with the image, then you need to get some The Comet Is Coming into you life. Their music combines intergalactic jazz, afrofuturism and krautrocking kosmiche to quite startling effect. Their latest album, ‘Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery’, came out earlier this year and I’d be very surprised if it didn’t make the cut for this year’s Mercury Prize. It features quite incredible work from saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings (who has also lent his unique style to his other projects Sons of Kemet and Shabaka and the Ancestors) and, man, he really cuts loose here. There’s more than a touch of the Sun Ra’s at work too (a good thing), and I imagine in the live arena these songs are going to sound off the map.

The Comet Is Coming, Sunday 25 August, The Georgian Theatre, Stockton, 8pm, £14. georgiantheatre.co.uk