Band Website: www.astralasia.co.uk
Label: Fruits de Mer Records
Label Website: www.fruitsdemerrecords.com
Release Date: 2014
Since the early nineties, Astralasia have been creating some amazing music that hearkens back to the ďKrautrockĒ musical style produced Europe during the seventies. The music is both Spacey and Psychedelic. While the band actually records for the label Magick Eye records, their love of the real sound of vinyl has also forged a relationship with Fruits de Mer Records, the label releasing this latest disc entitled Wind on Water exclusively on vinyl.
Itís been said the music of Astralasia is reminiscent of bands like Yatha Sidra and Neu! and in many respects it is, although I must say Astralasiaís output tends to be somewhat sweeter and more melodic. Rather than riding along on a choppy sea of tones my ears were treated to a mellow float downstream. More than anything this music will summon up musical memories of artists who recorded on the much loved Brain label. The disc, only on vinyl as I say, features a couple short tracks of about six minutes and two longer tracks each around fifteen minutes. The whole thing is topped off with a couple unreleased seven minutes tracks from 2006. All instrumental there are hints of Tangerine Dream, Eloy, and even early Pink Floyd when they got spacey. Everything here is understated, building, tone upon tone, rhythm upon rhythm, layer upon layer of sound. If you check their web page youíll find the following musical descriptions: Euphoric Trance, Psychedelic Trance, Astral Dub, Trance, Experimental Techno, Ambient Dance, all of which will give you some idea of what to expect as you tune your ear to the proceedings.
Astralasia do what they do very well. The music, while instrumental is very lyrical. Itís not only pleasant to listen to; itís captivating in a dreamy hypnotic way. Itís fascinating in that it changes without even noticing; suddenly you realize the music is vastly different from what it was a few minutes ago. For fans of Psychedelic Space Rock I heartily recommend you check out Wind on Water. My guess is youíll like it as much as I did.