Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ashtray Navigations - Sweet Iron Feet (2009)

  • Drone
  • Sound-art
  • Experimental rock
  • Avant-garde
  • Post-psychedelic electronica
  • Experimentalism
  • No Wave
  • New Weird Britain
Comment: there can be difference between Ashtray Navigations, and Ashtray Navigations regarding Phil Todd headed combo`s releases. There is no wonder because of having issued a shitloads of avant-whatever albums since the beginning of 90s. Todd and his variable collaborators` music can be considered a sort of alchemy of manipulated sounds which may be even more influential than the listener is able to guess. For instance, you could remember for the first two  albums of Animal Collective where they partially carry out similar minimalistic psychedelic experiments and more sophisticated noise-tinged explorations (or so-called post-psychedelic electronica) thereby bringing forth such sort of music to a wider audience. More concretely, this 4-track issue is a positive sonic mayhem filled with whistling feedback noises, arty guitar chord layering, amplified hisses and bubbly synth drones, however, there aforementioned elements are just tools to experiment with them on different intensities and interactions throughout this 31-minute course. It might be considered an improvised music album, though, it seems that every element brought forth on it is thoroughly analysed and elaborated. By the way, the album will be finished off in a majestic manner (The Whirlpool What Was). By kindred souls I recommend listen to such artists as Kemialliset Ystävat, Glenn Branca, Vibracathedral Orchestra, fydhws, Tore Elgaroy. 
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