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Author's Rating
Vocals 7.5
Musicianship 8
Lyrics 7.5
Production 7.25
Creativity 7.25
Lasting Value 7
Reviewer Tilt 8
Final Verdict: 75%
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Astral - Sleepwalker

Reviewed by: Scott Irvine (03/28/08)
Astral - Sleepwalker
Release Date: March 25th, 2008
Record Label: Vibraphone Records




Who?

Californian shoegazers that take the genre's dense and mysterious aesthetics to a new and exciting place by implementing Dave Han's sometimes whispery, sometimes shouty vocals and impatient yet sparkly instrumentation that hinges on recording process which was done entirely with an 8-track analog tape.

How Is It?

For the most part -- wonderful. Like every album, it has it's dull and uninspired points. With any shoegaze album, a band runs the risk of completely ostracizing the listener when they're attempting to overwhelm them with the majesty and melancholy of washed-out guitars and bass fuzz. There's a few of those moments here in Sleepwalker, but the band never dwells overly long in any instance. Except for the title-track closer, every song stays under five minutes and Astral make the most of their time by exploring some pretty creative ways of taking the traditional non-confrontational shoegaze tactic and making it a little more scrappy.


Take A Closer LookAstral @ Myspace

RIYLMy Bloody Valentine, effect pedals, Televise, Catherine Wheel's Ferment
 
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01:21 PM on 03/30/08
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topher465
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Is it me or are there just too made-up many bands that start with the letter A?

Astral, Astreia, Adair, Ambry - just to name a few.
01:52 PM on 03/30/08
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astral is a real word.
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