The puzzle of who carries the Hawkwind torch with greatest aplomb continues.
The latest instalment of hawkwatch is further complicated by the fact that Dave Brock’s actual hawks have just delivered a disappointingly pedestrian, Mike Battorchestrated set of reimagined former glories, while the old master’s former apprentice ’Lords continue to astound with amazing music. Favoured with the sort of rich, lush, modern production their evocative space rock demands, Brave New World improves upon last year’s Six in both sonics and scope. Triumphal opener Devil in Your head plummets out of the ether in similar style to latter-day killing Joke, before breaking into a psych-dusted spoken word segment that’s pure Robert Calvert. Even down to the clipped dramatic weightiness of his singular vocal delivery. Too much? Post-Zep newbies greta Van Fleet, all bets seem off as regards trademarking a characteristic vocal intonation, and considering it sounds so right in this context, how can it be wrong? Today’s four-piece ’Lords boast an intuitive gift for ensemble interplay that combines tightness with fluidity excellently. There are truly unshakeable rock hooks within these sometimes ambient off-the-hook grooves and plenty of them.