German psychedelic rock/krautrock quintet Smokemaster presents their new studio album, »Cosmic Connector«, which was just released on April 21st, 2023 via Tonzonen Records.
01. Cosmic Connector
04. War Piece
06. America Dreamt
Smokemaster is a psychedelic rock band from Cologne, Germany. Their sound is influenced by The Doors, King Gizzard and the Lizzard Wizard, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Wand, Jacco Gardner, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Tess Parks, Sir Robin and the Longbowmen.
“We all agree that the hippies’ heyday is somewhat in the past. But when Smokemaster play, you like to forget this fact. Their music is danceable and intuitive. It combines different styles from the spectrum of psychdelic rock in such a way that the listener has the opportunity to forget the everyday life for a moment.”
Photo by Kibala Anderson
With »Cosmic Connector«, Smokemaster presents six brand new tracks with a high level of stylistic diversity and great attention to detail. While the first album still had a large proportion of degenerating jam and instrumental parts, the integration of singer Björnson Bear’s warm baritone voice succeeds fluently and effortlessly and new accents in terms of songwriting and arrangement can be recognized. This can be observed particularly well in songs such as the up-tempo song »Animal«, which is suitable for radio, or the groove-heavy 70s rock song »Rolling«, which the band cleverly leads to a fiery final section reminiscent of Spanish guitar music and flamenco. The songs on the new album were recorded in the band’s own studio, and Eroc is responsible for the mastering. The result is a brilliant work that is full of energy from 70s classic rock, blues and psychedelic.
Order »Cosmic Connector« here: tonzonen.de/smoke
Music and lyrics by Björnson Bear.
Recorded by Lukas Bönschen, Tobias Tack.
Mixed by Leonard Vaessen.
Mastered by Eroc.
Jerome “Jay” Holz – Guitar
Tobias Schmidt – Bass
Tobias Tack – Organ, Synthesizer
Lukas Bönschen – Drums
Björnson Bear – Vocals, Guitar