Boomkat Product Review:
Yorkshire's Ashtray Navigations deglaze and infect your mind with their umpteenth album of borderless psychedelia. Just ahead of their 20th Anniversary Best Of 4CD set for Golden Lab, the Wire's latest cover stars arrive at this point after two decades of operations stranded in the hinterlands of UK underground psych and noise, where they've cultivated a peerless reputation for unblinkered expression of a rare and beguiling kind. In this 100 minute head-opener they, a.k.a. original member Phil Todd and Melanie O'Dubhshlaine (member since 2004), hunker down to four epic pieces on the LP; herding the trudging, viscous groove and solar burn of 'Cold Lemon Door & Side Table' and polychromatic starburst of 'Miss Goldenrod 1977', along with the abyssal raga of 'Lord Motor' and the brain-souping roil of 'The Mirror Disco Peplica'. On the CD they cram even more in, ranging from the seaside field recordings and hyaline harmonics of 'Seventies Concorde Proboscis', thru a canny take on Les Baxter's exotica classic in 'Quite Village', to the keening discord of 'Crawling to Zero' and a 20 minute cosmic kiss-off in the wayward space mission of 'The Banian Tree'.