Danish psych-rockers Mythic Sunship looked to the cosmic journeying of '70s Krautrock and free jazz scenes as well as the volume of early proto-metal for a sound that hedged toward the heavier side of exploratory instrumental rock.
The band created sounds that were dark and druggy, tending toward long-form jams that melted guitar riffs into a stew of echoes, eventually branching out to include explosive saxophone in their swarms of feedback. Highly prolific, the band released new material at a nearly annual clip, first reaching new listeners with the proper full-length Ouroboros in 2016 and not slowing down from there.
Mythic Sunship were formed in Copenhagen in 2010, choosing their name by mashing together the titles of two classic free jazz albums, Sun Ra's Of Mythic Worlds and Coltrane's Sun Ship. Choosing a far more distorted reading on the astral traveling of those jazz greats, the band applied traditional hard rock instrumentation to loosely structured jams. Made up of bassist Rasmus Cleve Christensen, guitarists Emil Thorenfeldt and Kasper Stougaard Andersen, and drummer Frederik Denning, Mythic Sunship at times took on an almost punk level of crudeness in their approach to spiritually enlightened free music. Their first releases came in the form of limited cassettes and CD-Rs on various D.I.Y. labels. They began a relationship with the El Paraiso label with the release of their first wide-scale album, Ouroboros, in 2016. That album was followed by Land Between Rivers not even a full year later, and 2018 saw the release of not one but two new records from Mythic Sunship, the spacy Upheaval and the more frenetic double-album Another Shape of Psychedelic Music. ~ Fred Thomas, Rovi