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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.89 | 297 ratings

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3 stars Good and promising first effort by this US act.

Vintage progressive rock is the name of the game for this effort, with a stylistic expression blending atmospheric space rock and the less complicated variety of symphonic rock in a neat package. Pink Floyd, Hawkwind and Eloy are obvious references throughout, but fans of Camel as well as Black Sabbath will find familiar sounding elements on this production.

Long, dreamy instrumental segments is this bands forte though - mellotrons, vintage-sounding keys and guitars conjuring up richly textured, atmospheric and at times hypnotic passages, easy to loose oneself away in dayfreaming. A distinct focus on harmonies and pretty straight forward playing makes this album one less interesting for those looking for challenging endeavours as well as original ones - even the mix and production looks back 30 years or so in time, and for all the good material at hand there's never any new musical ground broken.

Many passages and sequences on this disc reminded me rather strongly of Phideaux's 2007 effort "Doomsday Afternoon", and I would think that those who find that album interesting should want to add this initial effort from Astra to their collection as well.

Windhawk | 3/5 |


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