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Reviewed by Holly McGeorge

Jupiter Sulphur Mine: Introducing EP

Reviewed by Holly McGeorge

Jupiter Sulphur Mine: Introducing EP

Sulky, silky bass leads you on a valium-induced rollercoaster as you enter the spaceous sub-consciousness of Jupiter Sulphur Mine’s five-track debut. A glossy phychedelic intro steers 11-minute opening track Captain Reevo through four seasons, with a kind of northeast meets southwest scenario being a sudden change from a haunting echoed bass run, a slowly alto-stretched scream from the guitar, and naïve meandering keyboard pitter-patter falling into place. Then drums take over, picking up the pace with some urgency and, as if the storm has passed, Captain Reevo’s ship rests gazingly on the water. Light, almost Arabic flute and guitar strike as the last season slowly washes up, building like a last epic adventure before the ship must return to port. Saudade takes us through another tryst of twists, using a heavy-hearted, cello-like synth. Electric guitar from David Reeve brightens the search along with some spicey hi-hats and syncopated snare rhythm by Luke Hale, and jazz-fusion bass of Huw Jenkins complimenting its solo tango, slowly conversing in a kaleidoscopic uptempo and groovy dancehall blues tangent. Their live sound was captured by John McDermott in a Te Aroha church hall in March 2015. A comfortable openness of the recording gives it the natural lifted reverb – measured in order not to mist the sound.