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5.0 out of 5 stars Astralasia, 6 Oct 2005
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This review is from: Astralasia (Audio CD)
Astralasia are a magnificent blend of Ambient -Dub and Tribal House and a few other influences thrown in for good measure.
The band, which initially grew as an offshoot band of the Magic Mushroom Band with whom they share members, has released a number of well-received albums, which since their second album have been released on their own Magik Eye record label. Initially the band were only a part time affair with most of the members concerning themselves with the Magic Mushroom Band however their debut album caused quite a stir and the band were encouraged to continue Astralasia alongside the Mushroom Band. Their debut album was originally released on the fungus label in 1990. The band all have suitably cosmic pseudonyms like Swordfish, Nosmo, Kim OZ and Moonboot although one early member was Jason Relf son of Yardbirds vocalist Keith Relf. Jason had also worked in the Magic Mushroom band and initially was part of the Astralasia set up but moved on to his own projects soon after the formation of Astralasia. The current line up however has been stable for a number of years and in fact has become a full time proposition since 1994 when the Magic Mushroom Band was put on indefinite hold which will explain why the band have been so prolific over the last few years. However in 1995 founder members Gary "Moonboot" Masters and Kim"OZ" Masters left the band to concentrate on their own project Moonboot OZ. Pitched Up At The Edge Of Reality was the bands third album originally released in 1993 and whilst only being the bands third album it is easy to see that the band have forged an identity away from the Magic Mushroom band and is seen as a band in it's own right rather than a side project or offshoot.
Astralasia is the bands debut album from 1990 and represented the first experiment away from the Magic Mushroom Band. This album is the third in a series of re issues, which will see the bands extensive back catalogue re mastered and re issued over the next twelve months and this release also includes a previously unreleased bonus track from 1988 entitled Sun And The Moon.
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