Album Review

Astral – “Orchids ” – [Melting Records]

mitch   6/24/2006   A Library, CD

SF trio specializing in the varied art form production of
shoegaze / psychedelic nugget – while never shorting
the listener in the musicality [read : melodic] department.
Dave Han (vox, guitar), Amy Rosenoff (bass)
+ drummer Shawn Poh get a proper release here,
after self-producing the intriguing ‘Only Sometimes?
2002)?.ASTRAL are like diamond cutters, unafraid of
splitting gems [in more ascetic form] and soaring fadeouts
that the sky may be heavy with stars. Most winningly
immutable on # 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, + 10 as examples of far-distant
heavenly bodies in light-year ascendance, the vocals all but a
tour guide for narrating escape velocity and molecular decay
whilst the tribal percussion and ringing guitar swirls find the
quarter and half-lives of light and energy across infinite
expanses of indigo space?.out there. Fabulous vision and
envious restraint in abundant quantities – unstoppable throughout.
Ionospheric Duende.

MITCH April 2004

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