Boomkat Product Review:
Penultimate Press bossman Mark Harwood takes a cross-continental trip as Astor, traversing sanguine solo piano pieces, haunted train toilet recordings and death croak noise gasps. All very uncanny and lo-fi, pocked in the space between reality and dreams, as you might well expect from this artist and label.
“The fourth Astor offering presents itself as a limited cassette, intended to fill the vacuum prior to the next full length LP expected to hatch in the year of 2018. A self titled diary-esque offering, this collects recordings made in the UK and Europe throughout 2017 – from a toilet on a train in France to a piece played on Henning Christiansen’s piano on the island of Møn in Denmark. Here we embark on a journey of sound that travels through a vast terrain which holds itself together through the sheer audacity of outre elements and unusual construction. From organ jams to syncopated screams, from absolute beauty to unbridled terror, Astor takes a magnifying glass to reality and unfurls it as an uncanny audio essay.”