For those of you eagerly awaiting a new Slowdive record, this release may just tide you over! Pure Phase Ensemble is a collective of musicians including Ride frontman Mark Gardener (how refreshing to not have to say FORMER), Raymond Dickaty (a member of Spiritualized from 1997-2002), Jacek Rezner (Wilga), Kamil Hordyniec (Wilga), Michał Pydo (Hatifnats), Michał ‘Kostek’ Stolc (Cisza nocna) and Karol Schwarz (KSAS).
Pure Phase Ensemble gathered together at the Polish Spacefest!, a festival of shoegaze, space-rock and alternative music in December 2014 and performed these songs live. Now, the performance is available as a digital download and let us tell you, it is gorgeous. The 7 track EP is everything you would want it to be, gorgeous, dreamy, ethereal space rock. Think Slowdive and Spiritualized with Mark Gardener on vocals!
The entire EP is a beautiful, cohesive listen but we recommend starting with the hazey Morning Rise (sound familiar???) and the light and airy Doing My Head In.