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Ashtray Navigations - Sugar Head Record

"Sugar Head Record" by Ashtray Navigations Over the past decade and a half, Phil Todd's long-lived & insanely prolific Leeds-based outfit has been boggling adventurous heads with infinite variations on its central uber-maximalist noise/psychedelic/ur-drone forms. AN have always been masters of the long take, and Sugar Head Record features just three mostly-Todd tracks: Disc 1 is entirely filled by "Sugar Head Music with Sines", an hour of undulating electronic tapestry swathed in layers of gooey psychedelic lava. Disc 2 leads with "Orange Matter Custard", nine minutes of Todd's patented modal guitar extremity, strings shredding off into pure electrification; and closes with the colorfully-titled "Toilet Training", adding regular collaborators Phil Legard (Xenis Emputae Traveling Band) and Melanie Crowley (Ocelocelot) for 43 minutes of glacially-paced swells of electrical haze. For already tuned-in households, a totally necessary release; for virgins, well, with AN it's all the deep end, so this is as good a place to dive in as any.
$10.00

Ashtray Navigations - Sugar Head Record US

"Sugar Head Record" by Ashtray Navigations Over the past decade and a half, Phil Todd's long-lived & insanely prolific Leeds-based outfit has been boggling adventurous heads with infinite variations on its central uber-maximalist noise/psychedelic/ur-drone forms. AN have always been masters of the long take, and Sugar Head Record features just three mostly-Todd tracks: Disc 1 is entirely filled by "Sugar Head Music with Sines", an hour of undulating electronic tapestry swathed in layers of gooey psychedelic lava. Disc 2 leads with "Orange Matter Custard", nine minutes of Todd's patented modal guitar extremity, strings shredding off into pure electrification; and closes with the colorfully-titled "Toilet Training", adding regular collaborators Phil Legard (Xenis Emputae Traveling Band) and Melanie Crowley (Ocelocelot) for 43 minutes of glacially-paced swells of electrical haze. For already tuned-in households, a totally necessary release; for virgins, well, with AN it's all the deep end, so this is as good a place to dive in as any.
$10.00

Recent Deep Water releases reviewed at Ptolemaic Terrascope Online

As a general rule, anything on Deep Water is almost guaranteed to be of excellent quality and well worth seeking out. On this latest batch of releases however, the label has surpassed its own high standards to produce a collection of releases that has been on heavy rotation in this particular corner of the globe. ...

H.H.

Originally released in limited runs of 33 copies (what chance do you have?), the two albums from Goner are fine collections of hypnotic psychedelic rock, featuring repetitive grooves, hypnotic rhythms and a seemingly pagan heart. ...

Sugar Head Record

Cut from darker matter, the album from Ashtray Navigations contains only three songs across its two discs, with disc one being taken up completely by the 58 minute drone/noise creation "Sugar Head Music With Sines", a feral dust cloud of sound that roams across its surroundings covering everything in beautiful ashes of noise. ...

New Worlds For Old

Containing just four long tracks, the first disc of "New Worlds For Old", is a magnificent, rambling beast that twists and writhes, soars and dives, filling the air with a cornucopia of instrumental sounds, the music alive with melody passion and promise. ...

Blue Mountain Water

Apparently recorded in various subterranean locations, whether caves or cellar it does not say, the five tracks on "Blue Mountain Water" were recorded live with no overdubs giving them a freshness, the musicians involved working together to create a collection of great beauty. ...

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Ashtray Navigations - Sugar Head Record International

"Sugar Head Record" by Ashtray Navigations Over the past decade and a half, Phil Todd's long-lived & insanely prolific Leeds-based outfit has been boggling adventurous heads with infinite variations on its central uber-maximalist noise/psychedelic/ur-drone forms. AN have always been masters of the long take, and Sugar Head Record features just three mostly-Todd tracks: Disc 1 is entirely filled by "Sugar Head Music with Sines", an hour of undulating electronic tapestry swathed in layers of gooey psychedelic lava. Disc 2 leads with "Orange Matter Custard", nine minutes of Todd's patented modal guitar extremity, strings shredding off into pure electrification; and closes with the colorfully-titled "Toilet Training", adding regular collaborators Phil Legard (Xenis Emputae Traveling Band) and Melanie Crowley (Ocelocelot) for 43 minutes of glacially-paced swells of electrical haze. For already tuned-in households, a totally necessary release; for virgins, well, with AN it's all the deep end, so this is as good a place to dive in as any.
$15.00

Sugar Head Record reviewed at Ear-Conditioned Nightmare

Here's another twofer from Deep Water Acres, this time courtesy of Phil Todd's endlessly productive Ashtray Navigations project. Seriously, this dude releases so music its unheard of, and the consistency of his output is ridiculous. This one presents only three tracks over its two discs, meaning that the name of the game is, as per usual with this scenario, extended psychedelic improv. Yet Todd always seems to fill every crevice that that term can suggest every time out, and he moves just as unerringly here. ...

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