Sunday 31 January 2016
Astral Son - Silver Moon (2015)
The second album from this Dutch one man project.
The man behind Astral Son is Leonardo. I don't know anything more than that, I am afraid. He does all the instruments and those are guitars, keyboards, (and I presume) lots of samples, bass, drums and vocals.
The cover artwork gives away most of the game. This is psychedelic space rock. Actually, make that unashamed space rock. Space rock which is not outer space, but still far enough from this planet to make it proper space rock.
References here are Ash Ra Temple and in particular; early Pink Floyd.
The music on this album changes between spaced out space rock and almost naive pop like psychedelic rock. Very Pink Floyd, those songs. Then you also get long space rock anthems.
The sound is properly dirty and as dirty as it should be. Downtuned and muddy. There is a lot of echos and sound effects here which takes the listener on a journey into space. Very good meditation and hypnotic vibes all around.
Dedicated space cadets must and should check out this album. It is a must have for them. I also finds this a very good album. There is no great songs here. But it is one of the better space rock albums I have ever heard and that says a lot. This is a very good album indeed.