Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Astral Social Club #3

Just spent a pleasant while listening to the latest (to me) release from Astral Social Club. A 3"CDR on the Southampton (UK) label "Journal Of The Belgae Folk Club". The CDR lasts 15 minutes and is packaged in a deluxe fold-out card sleeve with inserts galore. A lovely piece of work.
The track itself is called "Smashed Tractor" and I think is an excerpt from a live performance. There is no information here, that part is bloody annoying! The track comes straight in - no fade, no quiet build. It is straight in your face so (for me) it takes a couple of minutes to get into the groove. Lots of sounds float around. Oscillations dance between the ears, lots of synth noodling and a wall of sound from old Sinclair or Realistic computer games. Ten or so minutes later the sound calms down and cuts out peacefully.
It would be nice to hear the whole live recording, but as document to the live sound of Astral Social Club / Neil Campbell this is a necessary release and as I said - beautifully packaged. Limited to 50 copies, and I would be very surprised if not sold out by now.

1-3: Astral Social Club "Smashed Tractor" sleeve.

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