Astral Cloud Ashes – Dear Absentee Creator

Eighteen months or so in the making, Dear Absentee Creator is the keenly awaited successor to the critically well-received debut album marking Astral Cloud Ashes out as one inescapably magnetic encounter.  Released in 2016, Too Close to the Noise Floor was a collection of songs which intrigued as they pleasured, fascinated as they almost forcibly introduced an ear grabbing new artist to the British music scene. Now Dear Absentee Creator takes all the prowess and potential of its predecessor to the next level with eleven tracks which seduce the imagination and stir ears with their infectious adventures.

Astral Cloud Ashes is the solo project of Jersey hailing multi-instrumentalist Antony Walker who had already caught our ears and appetite as one half of also Channel Islands bred outfit Select All Delete Save As . Formed in 2016, the band swiftly sparked keen interest with the title track of that subsequent first album. The full bodied Too Close to the Noise Floor really stirred attention and praise with its release later that first year and a sound which lies somewhere between the embraces of indie rock, alt-pop, and math rock being self-tagged as Future-core. To be fair, enjoyably it is a proposition very difficult to pin down, familiar in some ways, boldly individual in a great many others, and as proven by the new encounter, always at ease captivating the senses.

Whereas Too Close to the Noise Floor saw backing vocalist Jason Neil a thick presence alongside, Dear Absentee Creator is all Walker with just a few guests in pianist/vocalist James Elliott Field (Tubelord, Tall Ships) on the album’s closing song and drummer Max Saidi on three others as well as Melle Brower (vocalist for Dutch metallers Illusionless) providing cymbals on Clockhand Reversal. Mastered as that earlier album by Tim Turan, Dear Absentee Creator references Satoshi Nakamoto in its title, the creator of the world’s first ever cryptocurrency in Bitcoin, whose true identity has never been known to anyone and has not been heard of since the final weeks of 2010.

It opens up with the melodic enticement of News Anchor Breaks Rank, a short mellow invitation with drama in its heart and touch as Walker’s ever resourceful vocal mix rises within a guitar nurtured weave. It is the opening breath to next up Moonphase Bloom, and outstanding track which helped spark anticipation for the album with its release as a single last year. A virulently infectious and lively slice of pop rock as tempting when it is a melodic smoulder or a rousing rocker, the track just draws ears into the sound and imagination of Walker like a magnet; its success as a single pure evidence.

Old Moods follows, it too a bouncy proposal with emotion lining every melody and word, adventure each twist and turn. Almost fiery in its eruptions and firmly mesmeric in its melancholic calms, the song is a skilfully woven clamour drawing on a host of pop and indie flavours with subtlety and open hunger before A Reformatted Heart goes off on its own catchy stroll wrapped in melodic intimation.

Already four tracks in and Dear Absentee Creator showed a feistier character and contagion of sound compared to its predecessor with the same calm elegance and lively imagination which helped the first album stand out. It has a roar to it which just incites attention even as in next up Ryukyu Kingdom Declares Independence, a song which ebbs and flows in intensity almost reflecting from a standstill at times as Walker croons throughout with a gentle touch.

Similarly Ironed Shirts bounces along with a mercurial gait, every move inviting a willing body to match its changeable energy, the imagination bound in its expectations escaping invention, while Dallas Knows the Reason just enthrals from its emotive harmonic gaze to its voracious rock explosions. The grumble of the bass is irresistible, the flames of guitar compelling as the track seduces, lulls into false safety, and preys on ears and thoughts with its tenacious sound around a tale of a gun-wielding girl from Texas.

The piano led, metronomic tease of the following Clock Hand Reversal is just as richly enticing, that clever bait opening up a tenacious shimmer of melody and harmony with a volatile underbelly which springs up again and again to add to the track’s captivation.

The fuzzy pop ‘n’ roll of Satoshi Nakamoto vs Unyielding Desire for BAU is a quick match in wrapping up ears and appetite in its creative tapestry, the melodic senses entangling of Gush just as charismatic and increasingly gripping before Kimobetsu Love brings the album to a fine conclusion. A song which blossomed over plays rather than making the immediate impact of some of its companions, it epitomises the imaginative and arresting not forgetting perpetually enticing sound of Astral Cloud Ashes.

It is increasingly impossible to compare the band’s sound to others such its growing uniqueness but imagine a pinch of House Of Love intimacy, a slither of Weezer infectiousness, and an infusion of XTC melodic imagination all blended together in a Tubelord fired mortar and you get an idea of the creative breath and pop rock fun of Astral Cloud Ashes.

Dear Absentee Creator is out now across major online stores and

https://astralcloudashes.bandcamp.com/album/dear-absentee-creator

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Pete RingMaster 26/05/2018

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Astral Cloud Ashes – Dallas Knows the Reason

With the recent announcement of the release of second album Dear Absentee Creator early 2018, British alternative rock outfit Astral Cloud Ashes have provided a highly flavoursome teaser with new single Dallas Knows the Reason. The liveliest slice of rapacious rock ‘n’ roll from the band yet without losing the melodic enterprise and bold touches which has marked the band out as a very appetising prospect to date, the song grabs attention with ease, luring the body into similarly eager involvement.

Astral Cloud Ashes is the solo project of Jersey, Channel Islands hailing vocalist/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Antony Walker, though he is someone unafraid to embrace other’s talents if needed, his forthcoming album proof in featuring James Elliott Field (Tubelord, Tall Ships) and Max Saidion on certain songs. Through singles and impressive debut album Too Close to the Noise Floor, the band stirred close attention and acclaim across 2016; a success, if Dallas Knows the Reason, backed by its just as magnetic predecessor Moonphase Bloom also taken from Dear Absentee Creator, is a sign of things to be soon discovered which could very well escalate.

Infused with lyrical content dealing with a gun-wielding girl from Texas, Dallas Knows the Reason instantly lures ears with vocal harmonies and lyrical suggestion, rhythms lurking with a firm hand as melodies meander just waiting to explode into life. That they do as the song quickly hits its tenacious stroll, rhythms now bounding through ears as the bass grumbles alongside the fiery exploits of the guitar. It is a highly infectious affair, its slight lulls intensifying the song’s swing once it erupts again.

Walker’s vocals are as distinct and warmly infectious as ever, leaping across the robust endeavours of the song with matching magnetism as feet and hips respond to the natural flirtation of the track’s rock ‘n’ roll. Increasingly more compelling with every listen, Dallas Knows the Reason sees Astral Cloud Ashes launching upon a new plateau of sound and imagination. Bands such as The Pixies, The Cure, Tubelord, and XTC are often referenced with Astral Cloud Ashes but song by song as shown here its sound is becoming more unique which makes the anticipation for Dear Absentee Creator all the keener.

Dallas Knows the Reason is available now @ https://astralcloudashes.bandcamp.com/track/dallas-knows-the-reason

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Pete RingMaster 19/12/2017

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Hello Lazarus – Moving Forward Over The Next Financial Quarter

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You know you are onto something special when a release makes an impressive first statement in its initial persuasion upon the ear and then just gets better and more potent with each subsequent encounter. Such is the case with Moving Forward Over The Next Financial Quarter, the new EP from UK alternative rock band Hello Lazarus. The first of three EPs scheduled for the year, the four track triumph is a scintillating and gloriously expressive ignition for the passions and the declaration of a band destined to stretch the lines for and reshape British melodic rock on this evidence.

From Bristol, the trio of Adam Hooper, Luke Taylor, and Sean Shirwan-Begie, creates songs which breed punk pop infectiousness from within a deep reservoir of finely sculpted melodic rock. The resulting sound is one which can wrap tender emotive arms or more hungry urgently driven confrontation around the ear and from the proof of the EP alone, has the imagination and power to bring a consistently enthralling and provocative experience with a diversity of unique rewards from across every second of their expansive ideas. Equally grabbing attention with their live show which has seen the band alongside the likes of The Xcerts, Tellison, Flood of Red, Tubelord, and Vessels, Hello Lazarus brings a fresh presence and creativity to the ear. Their Scylla Records released as mentioned first of three scheduled EPs, is the initial step of a massively suggestive promise of greater things for the band ahead. One which provokes the notion of a nationwide awareness waking up to the band from if not to this Jake Robbins (Natives, Sharks) produced release, somewhere along the line of the subsequent unveilings if they are anything like Moving Forward Over The Next Financial Quarter.

The EP opens up with new video single When In Rome, a song which boldly barges through the ear with a muscular bass snarl and ImageProxycrisp rhythms from within a gently abrasing rash of sharp guitar lashes. Once the excellent vocals step up with their expressive narrative things settle into a slightly restrained air with voice, harmonies, and the ever provocative bass sharing attention whilst the guitars and drums frame their potency. The wholly infectious chorus is excellent its contagion not borne from obvious and easy hooks but pure passion and invention, and instantly recruits the listener into its emotive charge and catchy stroll. Arguably there is nothing which alone makes a lingering capture of passion and memory, no richly barbed hook or element which stands out, but the song is just a whole of immensely seductive and deeply penetrating elements with a mutual depth of quality and excellence combining for that impacting and long lasting temptation. It is a striking and emotively inciting song which by itself gives all the reasons why the band is causing a stir.

The following Get An Axe brings sterner sinews into play from the intimidating drums and again deliciously grumpy basslines, for another insatiable melodic escapade of near virulent contagion and energy soaking enterprise. With a stronger punk lilt than its predecessor, the track is an incendiary recruitment drive for heart borne melodic expression and eager air igniting energy, all moulded and bred through thoughtfully crafted and imaginatively enhanced ingenuity. The song leaves breathlessness behind, it’s again hard to ignore or refuse lure to join its cause exploiting and feeding on the now full greed devouring the release and its enslaving rewards.

Stallions is a gentler temptress, the instantly consuming breeze of harmonies and cascading sonic elegance offering a warm hand whilst the bass adds its own shadows to temper the blaze of light elsewhere. It is a crystalline glow within the release, its shimmering sonic kisses outshining the prowling bass and senses tripping drums strikes yet never dousing the fire of the darker elements and the threatening to escape brew of feisty intensity. The track shows the range and invention of band and songwriting, as does in its individual way the closing I Am No Explorer. It is another emotively sculpted piece of beauty with corners of darkness adding their haunting temptation. It is a stunning song, and though maybe not the top personal favourite upon the EP it is undoubtedly the most involved and involving treat.

Moving Forward Over The Next Financial Quarter is an excellent instigator of the passions as well as thoughts and emotions, a release which suggests Hello Lazarus can be as essential as the likes of 30 Seconds To Mars, and Lower Than Atlantis, and even Biffy Clyro.

http://hellolazarus.com/

9/10

RingMaster 28/04/2013

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