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    Posted: January 17 2014 at 06:27
                                                                                           Astro Sonic
                                                                                                                            
I would like to propose this fantastic band, personally I think really interesting. They released their debut album on September and on the Web there are a lot of web page that talking about it. This trio propose a really good music with some ambient / psychedelic atmospheres and synth. The beautiful things is that in only 30 minute, more or less, you can appreciates their quality. Sometimes they remember me Radiohead (Analogue Karma).

 
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<<The sonic landscape that is Astro Sonicís debut album Come Closer and Iíll Tell You, isnít like most other albums. Far from it. Recorded during these three days at the Svenska Grammofon Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden, Astro Sonic use their musical palette to push musical boundaries. Seamlessly, musical genres melt into eleven sonic landscapes. Mostly improvised, Astro Sonic look to the past to create the music of the future. Drawing inspiration from ambient, avant-garde, electronica, Krautrock, synth impro and free jazz, seamlessly, musical genres unite during eleven sonic landscapes. These sonic soundscapes paint evocative pictures.

Astro Sonic sound as if theyíve sought inspiration for Come Closer and Iíll Tell You from the rugged Scandanavian landscape. Close your eyes, and you head off on a musical journey. Ethereal beauty becomes haunting, broody, moody and magnificent. Sometimes, Come Closer and Iíll Tell You is spellbinding and breathtaking. Always, itís compelling and has you spellbound. Considering Come Closer and Iíll Tell You is Astro Sonicís debut album, which will be released on 2nd December 2013, on Hubro Music, thatís quite remarkable. However, in other ways, itís not surprising, given the amount of time the members of Astro Sonic have been working together.

It was back in 2008, when Astro Sonic was formed. Before that, its three members Erlend Slettevoll, Rune Nergaard and Gard Nillssen had been collaborating. Astro Sonic was made of three of Norwayís best musicians. This included Erlend Slettevoll, who played synths in both Grand Central and The Core. Then thereís Rune Nergaard, the bassist from Norwegian guitar trio Marvel Machine. The third and final member, Gard Nillssen, is the drummer for Susanne Soundfor. Rune and Gard knew each other. For ten years, theyíd been Bushmanís Revengeís rhythm section. In 2008, they became Astro Sonicís engine room. When Erlend Slettevollís inventive synth playing was added to the equation, then Astro Sonic became a potent musical force.

Since 2008, Astro Sonic have been constantly honing their sound. Theyíve also been pushing musical boundaries and fusing musical genres. Theyíve played live, but until now, havenít released a debut album. Recently they decided to rectify this. 

For what became Come Closer and Iíll Tell You, Astro Sonic cowrote nine tracks. The exceptions are 437,7 Days which Rune wrote and Analog Karma, which Erlend penned. These eleven tracks became Astro Sonicís debut album Come Closer and Iíll Tell You.

Heading to Svenska Grammofon Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden, recording of Come Closer and Iíll Tell You took just three days. Between the 10th to 12th November 2011, eleven tracks were recorded in Gothenberg. Each of the group are multi-instrumentalists, brought something new to what became Come Closer and Iíll Tell You. Erlend plays Fender Rhodes, Moog Voyager and Prophet 5. Rune takes care of bass, electronics and drum machines. As for Gard, drums, tablamachine, gongs, bow, vibes and electronics are his forte. Then to complete Come Closer and Iíll Tell You Astro Sonic spent two days in August 2012, completing their debut album. Now just over a year later, Hubro Music will release Come Closer and Iíll Tell You on December 2013. Come Closer and Iíll Tell You will introduce the world to the ambitious, innovative and groundbreaking music of Astro Sonic, which Iíll tell you about.

Retrodynamics, a fifty-three second musical amuse bouche opens Come Closer and Iíll Tell You. Droning, Hendrix-sque synths sound as if theyíre guiding a ship through thick fog. Theyíre not. With hissing ho-hats for company, instead, their raison díetre is to ensure Astro Sonic have your attention as this musical adventure unfolds.

Distant, thoughtful and dramatic describes the opening bars to Orbiter. Itís a futuristic sonic landscape, that brings to mind distant galaxies. Melancholy and wistful, footsteps come towards you. Meanwhile the Fender Rhodes adds a melancholy contrast to the drama thatís unfolding. By now, Orbiter sounds like the soundtrack to an outbreak of intergalactic warfare.

A myriad of eerie, sci-fi sounds opens The Electric Airbag Police. Its title seems to be a nod towards two  tracks from Radioheadís OK Computer. Ambient, experimental and synth wave gives way to a rock inspired track. Astro Sonicís rhythm section provide the heartbeat while stabs of synths join beeps, squeaks and crackles aplenty. Locking into a groove, Runeís bass and Gardís drums power the track along. As they drop out, what sounds like a crackly radio and sci-fi sounds take centre-stage. Itís easy to imagine this post rock, jazz-tinged track being the soundtrack to spacecraft taking off, heading to an unknown, mysterious destination. A genre-sprawling track, Astro Sonic paint evocative pictures that unfold within your mindís eye.

Mysterious. That describes 437,7 Days, another one minute track. Again, it conjurs up pictures of outer space and science fiction novels. It sounds as if a U.F.O. is landing. Dramatic and moody, itís as if itís hovering above you. This sends shivers down your spine, as you wonder whatíll happen next? Spine-tingling and mysterious. Thatís a powerful combination.

Magnavox, another short track, is a fusion of genres and influences. Rock, Krautrock, psychedelia, postindustrial and free jazz join a myriad of sci-fi sounds and sound effects. The result is an ambitious and groundbreaking track.

Rolls of rocky drums, prog rock keyboards and drum and bassí drums open The Shell Falls Rapidly And Splashes Into The Sea. Then thereís sci-fi synths and futuristic, sound effects. In the space of one minute, Astro Sonic fuse numerous musical genres and influences. Not only do they push musical boundaries, but throw away the musical rulebook. Anything is possible it seems in Astro Sonicís world. They become Norwayís answer to Jimi Hendrix, their talent, energy and innovation creating a mind-blowing, lysergic track.

Lander sees Astro Sonic Runeís bass and Gardís drums create the backdrop for jagged, futuristic synths. Itís a compelling combination. Elements of rock, ambient and psychedelia unite. They create a poignant, wistful combination. Eventually, it drifts into the distance, leaving its question unanswered.

EDM, rock, industrial and experimental combines on No Satisfaction At All. Powered along by Gardís drums, space-age synths and sound effects float above the arrangement. They shimmer, quiver and quake, while hi-hats hiss. After meandering along, the arrangement bursts into life, heading towards its dramatic and sudden crescendo.

From the opening bars, itís obvious Analogue Karma is more than a little special. It sounds as if it belongs on an seventies Pink Floyd album. Slow, spacious drums, vibes, synths and sound effects combine creating an innovative, futuristic sound. Then the Fender Rhodes weaves its magic, playing its part in what sounds like the soundtrack to a journey to a distant planet. Understated, evocative, atmospheric and later, dramatic Astro Sonic join forces to create whatís quite simply the highlights of Come Closer and Iíll Tell You.

Fairy Queen closes Come Closer and Iíll Tell You, and is one of the longer tracks on Come Closer and Iíll Tell You. This is no bad thing. It allows Astro Sonic to stretch their legs and demonstrate what theyíre capable of. Whereas they shorter tracks were akin to a short story, this is a novel. Itís some thing of an adventure, a journey into the unknown. With its understated, eerie, pensive sound, ambient, classical, experimental, psychedelia and even Celtic influences unite. As the arrangement meanders along, shakers, synths and strings combine. Mostly theyíre understated and melodic. Other times theyíre mysterious, dramatic and almost discordant. A string of surprises are sprung by Astro Sonic. This ensures the listener learns to expect the unexpected, on whatís a compelling musical adventure, with twists and turns aplenty in store for the unsuspecting listener.

As debut albums go, Astro Sonicís Come Closer and Iíll Tell You which will be released on 2nd December 2013, on Hubro Music, is one of the best Iíve heard in the last few years. Over eleven soundscapes, Astro Sonic use their musical palette to create one of the most ambitious and groundbreaking albums of 2013. To do this, theyíve drawn inspiration from a whole host of musical influences. Everything from ambient, avant-garde, EDM, electronica, free jazz, industrial, jazz, Krautrock, postindustrial, post-rock, prog rock, psychedelia and synth wave play their part in Come Closer and Iíll Tell You. When all this is combined, the result is an album thatís a cinematic musical adventure.

Cinematic is the best way to describe Come Closer and Iíll Tell You. It conjurs up pictures and scenarios. Haunting, atmospheric and evocative, many of the tracks have a futuristic, sci-fi sound. Instantly, youíre transported into this space-age, 21st Century world. Other tracks are understated, eerie, moody and broody, while others are melancholy, wistful and pensive. That adds to Come Closer and Iíll Tell You cinematic quality. Sometimes, moderne describes the music on Come Closer and Iíll Tell You. Dance music and rock are added to the mix as Astro Sonic create tomorrowís music today. Thatís the perfect way to describe such ambitious, 

Ambitious, moody, broody and pensive, plus dramatic, melodramatic, melancholy and beautiful. These are just some of the words that describe Come Closer and Iíll Tell You. Itís an album that variously, washes over you, embraces you, challenges you and forces you to think, as it paints pictures in your mindís eye. Come Closer and Iíll Tell You is best described as the soundtrack to a film thatís yet to be made. With Astro Sonic supplying the music, all you need to do, is supply the pictures to Come Closer and Iíll Tell You, one of the most evocative, atmospheric and cinematic albums of 2013. Standout Tracks: Orbiter, The Electric Airbag Police, Analogue Karma and Fairy Queen.>>

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SOUNDLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/hubro/hubrocd2530-astro-sonic-come (HERE ONLY ONE SONG UNFORTUNATELY Unhappy)

HERE YOU CAN LISTEN ONLY FIRST MINUTE: http://ivave.com/release/682495

I'm sorry but I can't find nothing else where to listen to. If you want I'll send you all CD 

Hope it like you! Big smile

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Congratulations on suggesting this band before aginor did! He is usually pretty quick off the mark with any artists who are remotely prog from Norway!
 
From the description above it sounds like a candidate for Eclectic or Crossover, but the one sample on soundcloud isn't enough to guide us really.
 
Don't worry - this band will be checked out further in due course. Thumbs Up
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oh, so I'm in lateUnhappy...I found it this morning...
 If you want I can send you all the tracks via mail...
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Before to suggest this band I searched into the forum but I can't find nothing.  
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I'll check this out, just gimme 24 hours or so.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote yam yam Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 17 2014 at 11:55
Originally posted by Utnapishtim Utnapishtim wrote:

Before to suggest this band I searched into the forum but I can't find nothing.  
 
No there wasn't anything already in the forum - you are indeed the first person to suggest this band. Clap
 
I think you misunderstood my earlier post where I mentioned aginor. He is from Norway, and usually suggests bands/artists from that country before anyone else has even heard of them LOL , but on this ocassion you have discovered the band before even he did, and that is why I congratulated you earlier. Smile
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Originally posted by yam yam yam yam wrote:

Originally posted by Utnapishtim Utnapishtim wrote:

Before to suggest this band I searched into the forum but I can't find nothing.  
 
No there wasn't anything already in the forum - you are indeed the first person to suggest this band. Clap
 
I think you misunderstood my earlier post where I mentioned aginor. He is from Norway, and usually suggests bands/artists from that country before anyone else has even heard of them LOL , but on this ocassion you have discovered the band before even he did, and that is why I congratulated you earlier. Smile

I'm sorry but my English is not the best Head on wall... Now I' am the faster prompter of the West!! Grande sorriso

Thanks and sorry again. 
I'm trying to increase my English, soon I leave Italy to go in England (hope soon!!!), so this is an occasion to cultivate my passion for Prog Rock and to improve my English.
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I liked what I heard. They remind me of a guitarless Tortoise, especially that band's post-90s work. I was listening to their 2004 album It's All Around You the other day and the music of Astro Sonic is similar to some of the songs on that album. They sound like the more avant / jazz / electronic oriented post-rock bands.

It is odd how they do not have a single YouTube video. If my team were to evaluate them we would need a whole album sample. 
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