“Blackest Ever Black presents To Make A Fool Ask, And You Are The First, the latest – and, for us, greatest – full-length entry in Ashtray Navigations’ uniquely important, uniquely sprawling – possibly sentient and self-multiplying – discography.
It picks up where the nerve-damaged exotica of 2015’s A Shimmering Replica left off…acerbic “surf” guitar and synthetic salt-breeze fit for the Tropic of Yorkshire. Instant immersion in a potent, pungent psychedelia that feels equal parts cosmic and aquatic. What Todd wrenches out of his instrument these days is a language unto itself (perhaps it always was)… a helical, ecstatic, grieving howl…a (super)natural efflorescence, beyond earthly description or transcription…ur-rock and post-everything. But equal emphasis is given here to pulsating machine rhythms and lush keyboard textures, with killer contributions from longtime fellow traveller Mel O’Dubhshlaine.
There were pre-echoes of all this in the recent(ish) Fluctuants and Aero Infinite: but To Make A Fool feels like the culmination, or the fullest expression, of something which was only glimpsed in those earlier works. The side-long ‘Spray Two’ – gently eddying string-pads gradually slashed to all f***k with fraught piano improvisations – is a masterpiece in its own right. At its delirious peak, the whole thing boils over into brooding, arpeggiated noir-techno – Michael Mann’s steadicam roaming Leeds’ B-roads, some kind of tangerine nightmare – before finally cooling into a bleary starfield of pure and sumptuous hypno-tone. This LP is a trip, in the most skull-splitting, soul-crinkling sense of the word, but it soothes and heals as well. A circular and transformative journey to the other side of the underneath and a landmark recording from one of the most adept and visionary nodes in Britain’s freakout underground.”
Just getting sorted out for our Dutch/German tour with Mik Quantius (Embryo, etc.) that starts next Friday in Amsterdam. Now might be a good time to flag up for Glasgow people that we are returning to Scotland after a barnstorming gig in Edinburgh last month. As part of Glasgow International arts festival, on 23rd April we’re performing a soundtrack to the David Larcher film EETC (1984-1986) at the Old Hairdressers.
This is part of the Fantom Cinema programme which has a load of other great films showing during April.
Hope to see some of you next week!
TOUR DATES – With Mik Quantius
8th : Occii, Amsterdam, Netherlands, w/Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides
9th : Stadtgarten, Cologne, Germany w/Jon Collin
11th : Walpodenakadamie, Mainz, Germany
12th: Stuttgart, Germany
14th Die Friese, Bremen, Germany w/Quintron and Miss Pussycat
16th – Hannover – venue tbc. w/ Bromp Treb
18th – West Germany, Berlin, Germany w/ Bromp Treb and Cloaca (Fat Worm of Error)
Good news for New York Ashtray fans- Academy Records in the Flatiron District are now stocking the first Mechanical Abrasions CDR, and other choice artefacts from the Memoirs of an Aesthete back catalogue. Get in there quick!
Also in stock by Ashtray Navigations
- DIRT MUMMIES AND BLOODY AMPS AND BLOOD MUMMIES AND DIRTY AMPS CD
- CAEDUCEUS AND BLACK SAL LP (pink vinyl)
Related Memoirs stuff-
- MELANIE O DUBHSLAINE – DEFORMED VOWELS LP (Smokers Gifts/GoldenLab)
- KNURR & SPELL – Yorkshire Psychedelic Noise compilation CD
- GREEN MONKEY – THE LOTUS. FLOWER… CD
- HUMAN HORSES (Human Combustion Engine and Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides) CD.
- A WARM PALINDROME/FEVERDREAMS/BADGERLORE – THREE OWLS SIX EARS CD
- CZECH NYMPHS LP
- THE PISS SUPERSTITION LP (JULIAN BRADLEY OF VIBRACATHEDRAL)
- XENIS AMPUTAE TRAVELLING BAND – THE PYROGNOMIC GLASS LP
- FUMIO KOSAKAI (INCAPACITANTS) Earth Calling LP
Academy Records, 12 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011, USA
A sequel emerges… Volume number two of sprightly juxtapositions of salty electronics and sweet sweet guitar/omnichord. And its even wilder than the first installment. Will we go for a third helping? Who knows, but the digital on numero deux is available now and the CDR version is coming in a couple of weeks (though you can pre-order now of course). And its always free to listen! Just once, mind!
Some live shows coming up for Ashtray Navigations and associated projects…details of Europe shows in April to be announced soon, keep watchin’!
10th Feb 2016 : MELANIE O’DUBHSHLAINE solo show, Wharf Chambers, Leeds
12th Feb 2016 : ASHTRAY NAVIGATIONS, Wharf Chambers, Leeds
5th Mar 2016 : ASHTRAY NAVIGATIONS, Henry’s Bar, Edinburgh
9th April 2016 : ASHTRAY NAVIGATIONS, Stadtgarten, Cologne, Germany
This li’l monkey is finally manufactured and ready to sell… December 27th 2015 recordings, the day after the flood and the day before we found out we’d lost Lemmy. Minimal and pulsating sounds for guitar, Suzuki Omnichord and digital gubbins.
To order, contact us at email@example.com or jump straight to the bandcamp : http://ashtraynavigations.bandcamp.com/album/ashtray-navigations-presents-the-mechanical-abrasions-of-volume-one
Volume two is nearly completed and will probably be released next month.
To celebrate our birthdays, and NOT heaven forbid, Black Friday, or worse Buy Nothing Day, you can get 40% discount when you buy the entire Ashtray Navigations discography this weekend.
This is the entire discography as represented on bandcamp, not to be mistaken for the entire entire discography. Still a lotta stuff tho’.
We’re playing in Ghent Belgium this weekend, hope to see you there, if you can’t make it you can still enjoy “tunes” on bandcamp.
New Ashtray Navigations CD-R! First 2015 recordings. Seven fairly succinct and synth-drenched numbers. You will hear the guitar though, (don’t) worry… Digital available now,
pro-printed CD-Rs ship out in a few days. Please order here