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Album Review: Life This Way – Space Summit

Reviewed by Dave Franklin

Oct. 10, 2021

The result of this meeting of musical minds is an album that runs between the jangling and joyous and a more driven and direct rock sound, between the hazy and hypnotic, the graceful and the groovesome, the delicate and the delicious, often finding its signature sound at a point where all these elements meet, sometimes creatively colliding, more often than not complementing perfectly. 

A glorious album, a fantastic addition to his musical canon, a great collaboration, a glorious meeting of musical minds, not to mention exquisite skills, and a must for all discerning pop and rock fans.

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Album Review: Space Summit - Life This Way

Sept 10, 2021

Spill Rating: 9/10
Total Fan Rating: 10/10

"Marty Willson-Piper has done it again. He has teamed up with the very talented Jed Bonniwell and the end result is a truly different and unique album. Space Summit’s debut album Life This Way has a retro feel to it, while at the same time being completely contemporary. This is a difficult achievement and Willson-Piper and Bonniwell succeed."

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New York Music Daily

Lush, Majestically Jangly Art-Rock and Spacerock From Guitar Icon Marty Willson-Piper’s Space Summit

Sept. 10, 2021

"Space Summit picked a good bandname: they’re a trans-global collective of spacerock and art-rock luminaries. Marty Willson-Piper, this era’s foremost twelve-string guitarist, pulled the project together. He’s the architect of the many, luscious layers of guitar and bass on their new album Life This Way, streaming at Spotify. The obvious comparison is Willson-Piper’s old band, Australian legends the Church in their energetic early years. If melodic, impeccably crafted guitar sounds are your thing, this is your holy grail."

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The Afterword

Published September 11, 2021

"Third track in, 'Queen Elizabeth’s Keys' is quite the most superbly written, timeless, classic pop song I’ve heard anybody sing since Farah called it a day. That they (Farah) routinely supplied the more intelligent numbers on demand for a string of artists desperate in case their A&R people stopped returning their calls gives you some idea how marvellous this track is. It’s simply too good to bother the chart compilers in this day and age, and might comfortably have sat on Prefab Sprout’s ‘Crimson/Red’, in case you don’t know who Farah are but have heard of Paddy McAloon. Luckily, it’s on YouTube, so you can all go and take a look before agreeing with me."

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The Test Drive: Space Summit – Life This Way

Published by Jammerzine.com, September 10, 2021

"Space Summit officially releases their new album ‘Life This Way’ today (September 10th). Long overdue, in my opinion, because I have literally waited months for this to come out for multiple reasons. Marty Willson-Piper is one of my guitar heroes, for one. He always knows what to play and how to play. He has a style all his own. And, combined with Jed Bonniwell, Space Summit is a complete band. A dynamic duo. But this is a family effort with musicians that span the globe as well as genres (list in bio).  ‘Life This Way’ isn’t a grab at your wallet. It’s a tug on your heart."

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First Look: Space Summit – Life This Way/Queen Elizabeth’s Keys

August 3, 2021

"Today we have an exclusive double premiere from Space Summit in the form of their two new videos titled ‘Life This Way’ and ‘Queen Elizabeth’s Keys,' I will start this article off by saying I have absolutely no idea how Marty Willson-Piper and Jed Bonniwell get any sleep. I was in attendance at their album listening party via Zoom last week and, I have to say, the new album, ‘Life This Way’, is a monster. In every sense of the word. This is a future classic. It’s an album that you can just hit play on, or drop the needle and let it run, because it's an audio experience.

"And, with the addition of these two videos along with the other videos released for the album so far, one can say that Space Summit is creating an anthology. These videos flow together like chapters of a book you simply cannot put down."

Read the full review here at Jammerzine.com.

 

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First Listen - "Queen Elizabeth’s Keys" single

Queen Elizabeth's Keys, the third single from Space Summit's debut album is OUT NOW. 

It was previewed on 7.24.21 exclusively through Jammerzine. Read the review:  

https://jammerzine.com/first-listen-space-summit-queen-elizabeths-keys/

"‘Queen Elizabeth’s Keys’ takes the talents of Marty and Jed and layers them effortlessly and creatively with sparsity in parts and pure stereo magic in others. The interweaving of the different instruments remind of later-career Beatles and those vintage albums filled with singles."

 Available to stream via Spotify and Apple Music from the 25th of August.  

Pre-order the album here:

https://schoolkidsrecords.com/UPC/634457065871

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First Listen - "Life This Way" single

Life This Way, the title track to Space Summit's debut album is OUT NOW.

It was previewed on 6.27.21 exclusively through Jammerzine: 

https://jammerzine.com/first-listen-space-summit-life-this-way

Available to stream via Spotify and Apple Music from the 28th of July. 

Pre-order the album here: https://schoolkidsrecords.com/UPC/634457065871

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First Look: Space Summit – I’m Electric

Click here to check out the Jammerzine review! 

"What we get with the video is a film. An artistic take on the feel of the song. A combination of a dark journey and stunning visuals by a film level director."

Jammerzine’s The Week in Indie, June 21, 2021

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