Submerged in Sun Ra’s Afro-cosmological vision, The Comet Is Coming’s brand of psychedelic jazz on their second full-length album sounds like it’s been fused with soundtrack music by Tangerine Dream. Synthesist Danalogue (Dan Leavers) tends toward old-school analog axes. Combine them with King Shabaka’s (Shabaka Hutchings) sax and bass clarinet hypno-vamps and Betamax’s (Max Hallett) sampled drum loops, and Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery is trance-inducing.
That may not sound like praise within the restless matrix of jazz, but it works. TCiC’s London jazz scene has deep roots in the city’s underground dance clubs, and Barbadian leader Hutchings grew up on the Caribbean’s intoxicating rhythmic patterns. The relentless repetitions throughout “Summon the Fire” are no less intense for being such—if anything, King Shabaka’s overmiked tenor gains momentum, and ferocity with it. Ditto “Timewave Zero,” with its punching-bag onslaught, and “Blood of the Past,” which is amplified by the chainsaw-like buzz of Danalogue’s Roland Jupiter 4 before Kate Tempest’s commanding poetry takes over.