Jersey Rocker, Astral Cloud Ashes, has been influenced by the advancements of currency and the ever-evolving core of Japanese culture which has served the creative process of his latest album, ‘Dear Absentee Creator’. Here’s our track-by-track thoughts.
Kicking off with the first track, “News Anchor Breaks Rank”, Astral Cloud Ashes slowly moves listeners through a moody soundscape that mimics the likes of MUTEMATH and is the perfect introduction to his abilities. The second track, “Moonphase Bloom”, takes listeners into a deep dive of lyrical introspection that speaks of connecting with another and how it has served the heart and mind beyond the typical commonalities and inclination to live through a digital lens. “Old Moods” is the third track that carries a touch of influence from Death Cab for Cutie as Antony Walker of Astral Cloud Ashes lyrically embraces his ability to let past restraints go and learn to keep the love that he has recently encountered as sacred as can be. The fourth track, “A Reformatted Heart”, is masterfully composed as instrumentals that are laced together with hypnotic synergy ignites the hearts of audiophiles while the lyrics that speak of how the attempt to experience reinvention of self has been the greatest wealth. “Ryukyu Kingdom Declares Independence” is the fifth track that is the lyrical quest for independence and the ability to create freely from a place of genuinity.
Cover Art: Alexey Chystikov
“Dallas Knows the Reason” is the seventh track that incorporates female vocals that enhances the emotive element as Astral Cloud Ashes builds lyrical castles in the sky when it comes to his feelings that spark through the human that ignites his heart coming to town. The eighth track, “Clock Hand Reversal”, lyrically dials into the common tendencies of the government that tear down the abilities and opportunities for human beings. “Satoshi Nakamoto vs Unyielding Desire for BAU” is the ninth track that is a blast of old-school Emo and Punk that mimics the likes of Senses Fail as lyrics that speak of having difficulties overcoming feelings for another pull on the heartstrings of listeners. The tenth track, “Gush”, is an album highlight that traverses through an instrumental territory that is entirely his own. Closing out with “Kimobetsu Love”, Astral Cloud Ashes ends with lyrical indecision and contemplation when it comes to the experience of love ahead.
If you’re a fan of intellectual lyricism along with a mixture of fellow musicians such as Something Corporate, Death Cab for Cutie and Jacks Mannequin, then keep an eye on the ride ahead for Astral Cloud Ashes on Soundcloud.
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