Al Doum & The Faryds - Positive Force (4 stars)

Al Doum & The Faryds - Positive Force

Italian cosmonauts take in Krautrock, Sun Ra and Arabic psychedelia

(Julia Dream)

Set controls for the heart of Sun Ra! Saturn might be Italian cosmonauts Al Doum & the Faryds’ ultimate destination, but their meandering travels take in 1970s Germany and the wilder regions of Arabic psychedelia. ‘Ship of Joy’, with its hypnotic vocal refrain and smears of echoed sax and DIY electronics, recalls the cosmo-bliss of such Sun Ra sides as Strange Celestial Road and Lanquidity, but the tranced-out bassline is pure krautrock. ‘Sinai’ shows the band in a more driving mode, with insistent hand-percussion and Middle-Eastern surf’n’space guitars tuned to the key of Egyptian-Lebanese guitar legend Omar Khorshid. Artfully presented by new Glasgow label Julia Dream, Positive Force is a heady dose of fourth-world woah.