Astrakan - s/t. 2008 England

Astrakan starts afire with 'In & Out', which possesses a distinct Canterbury sound but completely run amok. The shredding wah-wah guitar left me breathless. Too bad there isn't much more of that psychedelic sound present throughout. Have no fear though, the melodic jazz rock that the Canterbury sound is noted for remains intact. The jazz influence becomes more prominent in the middle of the disc. Sax and organ all get plenty of time to shine. I particularly enjoy their extended use of the latter. It's important to note that Astrakan focus more on composition and atmosphere rather than noisy soloing, thus endearing itself to the UTR.

Astrakan says this: "Friends and followers of the band have likened their sound variously to Soft Machine, Zappa, Gong , Dave Douglas as well as to the newer jazz outfits such as Fraud, Led Bib and Get the Blessing." Apparently the band is looking for a bass player as well (now's your chance!).

Highlights: 1. In & Out (4:39); 2. Roundelay (3:50); 5. Andromeda (7:08); 7. Mostar (7:36)

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CD: 2008 private

Last listen: 2011

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