Ashtray Navigations – Before You Play This (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 41:30 minutes | 518 MB | Genre: Experimental Electronic, Psychedelic, Leftfield
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Blue Tapes and X-Ray Records
Enduring psych-rawk survivors Ashtray Navigations continue their descent into the blotter spiral with this latest concoction, all overdriven e-guitar riffing, trance-inducing piano, doom organ, fuzzy electronix and Indian percussion. We can smell the incense from here.
Ashtray Navigations are a reliable proposition: if you’re into their estimable, prolific output, you’ll probably keep enjoying everything they scratch their initials into. “Before You Play This” is an enjoyably varied collection of blurry jams that veers narcotically from patchouli-scented riffing into cosmic synth jamming without so much as a pause for breath.
‘The Tactic’ is a post-Grateful Dead raga-rock drone-aut, but quickly transitions into ‘The Blizzard’, that sounds more like one of Tangerine Dream’s soundtrack albums played on a melting car stereo. ‘The Spectrum’ meanwhile sellotapes cosmic synth arpeggios to a sloppy blues rock backdrop. The midnight lounge funk of ‘The Case’ is more to our taste, but there’s really something for everyone here.
1-1. Ashtray Navigations – The Thin Cat (03:59)
1-10. Ashtray Navigations – After You Play This (00:08)
1-2. Ashtray Navigations – The Tactic (04:04)
1-3. Ashtray Navigations – The Blizzard (05:18)
1-4. Ashtray Navigations – The Foot (02:30)
1-5. Ashtray Navigations – The Spectrum (04:51)
1-6. Ashtray Navigations – The Feather (06:20)
1-7. Ashtray Navigations – The Panic (05:47)
1-8. Ashtray Navigations – The Case (05:52)
1-9. Ashtray Navigations – The Ink Circle (02:35)