Space Junk

by Halasan Bazar

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Halasan Bazar is a psych-pop five-pieced based in Copenhagen, Denmark, though their roster and sound sample from more cosmopolitan realms; band members hail from across northern Europe and even Australia, the group brought together in a collective invocation of rock and psychedelia. Led by songwriter Fredrik Eckhoff, the band finds strong points of affinity with the historic outpourings of New York’s Greenwich Village and San Francisco’s evolving character as a nexus for similar sounds, though there are glimmers of pastoralism and more transcendental folk. Still, the songs on Space Junk excell most when lines of influence blur under the guidance of Eckhoff energetic vocals and whimsical lyricism. A dedicated crooner, the spontaneity of his vocal contribution is often what makes a song gel on Space Junk. Though the band's caseette debut How to Be Ever Happy was a more tightly wound instrument, here Eckhoff changes gears, taking more responsibility for his vocals as an instrument with their own range. His voice communicates the urgency of the album, the novelty of its occasionally fragile inconsistency and how those equations are balanced. Undeniably more loosely rock-influenced, the album ably unwinds and explores the retro influences of its predecessor, deconstructing the band's baroque past in the assembly of a more impulsive present.

"...a wiry psych-pop fever dream that delivers watery guitar lines, chiming xylophones, and appropriately zonked-out vocals from lead singer Fredrik Eckhoff. Halasan Bazar move beyond mere homage territory by vividly evoking the fuzzed-out bliss of a hallucinogenic-induced stupor, rather than dwelling on a chord-for-chord imitation of their influences." -Pitchfork

"...a pleasantly vintage atmosphere, without being the straight-out revivalism purveyed by some of the other ’60s-”inspired” bands kicking around at the moment." -Flavorwire

"Halasan Bazar may hail from Copenhagen, but the Danish crew churn out that chiming sort of psychedelic fuzz-rock so often heard emanating from San Franciscan garages. Take "Sometimes Happy, Sometimes Sad," for instance, where main man Fredrik Eckhoff fittingly sings with an ear to both pop and slack. Meanwhile his four bandmates deliver a blown-out bliss bomb of crunchy guitars, tambourine smacks, and humming organs." -Spin Magazine

"A bizarre blend of Gordon Gano (Violent Femmes), David Berman (Silver Jews), Frank Black, Beck and Syd Barrett, Eckhoff's warble is unique and indelible; it's quite the contrast to the relatively uplifting musical accompaniment. Sixties acid folk, '70s country rock, '80s college jangle and '90s lo-fi are all represented, to some degree, on this record . . . A crafty brew such as this is always interest piquing, especially when it's sprinkled with a light dusting of lysergic bliss. Catharsis has never sounded so enjoyable." -Exclaim

"...warmer-climes-and-’60s-scented lo-fi arrangements." -JaJaJa Music

"...derived clearly from the '60s psychedelic universe with crunchy guitars, tambourines, organs, and pop undertones; [still evoking] contemporary San Francisco." -Undertoner

"If you want a break from the over digitized music, there's a '60's San Francisco in Copenhagen at the corner of Halasan and Bazar." -Prefix Magazine

"Eckhoff's crooning [is] more composed and confident than ever, and before we let those accusations of tiresome retromania seep in, let's all just admit that this kind of music simply never gets old." -No Fear of Pop

"...oozing sunshine and retro vibes. Once the days start getting warmer, these are the type of jams you’ll want blasting from your stereo." -Turntable Kitchen

"...bitter sweet folk-pop with ambition to take off to space." -I Am No Superman

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released 02 April 2013

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