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The Comet Is Coming - The Afterlife makes New Music Fridays: Festicket staff picks

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Happy Friday! Gearing up for performances at Austin City Limits, before returning to Europe for the Autumn greats Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, Club To Club Torino and roBOt, London psych-jazz trio The Comet Is Coming have today dropped another cosmic chapter in their mind-melting odyssey. Joining them in this week's playlist are new cuts from Delta Sleep, Temples, Natalia Lafourcade and more. As always, find the playlist below, along with some words on our particular favourites. 

Praise for Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery has skyrocketed since its release six months ago, so it's prime time for the South London trio to reveal the next chapter in their "transcendent experience", considering their recent tour dates are selling out like proverbial hot cakes.

Chunky, bassy synths once again act as the fulcrum for the three-piece's shimmering, mystic space-jams on The Afterlife, whilst Shabaka Hutchings' sorcerous saxophone guides the narrative on what is no doubt an accompanying epilogue to their last release. It's progressive, heated, and instinctive, but certainly not ‘jazz' in a typical sense, more so ruminations on spirituality and connectivity than self-gratifying virtuosity, which is predominantly the appeal. For me at least. 

Evoking psychedelic pilgrimages across thirsty sand dunes by day and scouring the constellations by night, The Afterlife won't provide an answer to grandiose questions like the meaning of life, your entire existence, what happens once you kick the bucket etc. Who cares? It's an immersive experience nonetheless. TC 

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