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by Astral

Astral blends shoegaze dreampop influences of the early 90's with a shadowy post-punk minimalism of the early 80's, reminicent of early 4AD.
Genre: Rock: Shoegaze
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Barreling
3:09 $0.99
2. Blinder
4:35 $0.99
3. In Heaven
3:22 $0.99
4. Under Lock and Key
3:55 $0.99
5. Turn Me Around
2:41 $0.99
6. Slumber
4:55 $0.99
7. Orchids
3:01 $0.99
8. Last Light
4:05 $0.99
9. Raining Down
3:07 $0.99
10. Forbidden Kiss
5:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
Astral is a San Francisco-based indie/dream-pop band. Blending elements of shoegaze wall of sounds with post-punk minimalism, Astral weaves a soundscape of texture and melody in a less-than rosy-colored world..."My Bloody Valentine meets Joy Division"- Amoeba Music

Astral's debut full length CD, Orchids, features 10 songs that span the inception in 2000 through 2003. Orchids has charted on college radio CMJ report at #15 on KYMC, St.Louis, in October 2003. An online review of this CD is available on Bay Area Buzz (nov 2003 issue) at

A few songs from Orchids were recorded at CRI in San Francisco, CA in 2002 during the "Only Sometimes" sessions and were later completed and mixed at Stout Recording Studio in Oakland, CA in 2003. The album was engineered by Randy Burk who had also engineered recordings for bands such as the Swinging Utters among others.



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Blaine Donald

Back to the Basics-Creative
The song Orchids was a 'freebie' on my Rio MP3 player. I decided to check them out further. Great creativity. Good tight playing with some very hitting lyrics. Look forward to hearing more from them.

Phil Hatzenbuehler

There's some good stuff here
This up and coming band is something of a small miracle. I've been hearing a song on the college radio station up in Seattle for a little while and the sound is GREAT. Strong drum beats, blazing guitars and compact songwriting. The songs on here don't meander, they just flat rock and find a great groove. Keep going guys. I'm looking forward to hearing more.

Jen Grover

Gorgeous shoe-gazery with old-school roots.
With roots as deep into Joy Division as My Bloody Valentine, this is dark, swirling shoe-gazery with gorgeous melodies, dream atmospheres, and a gritty edge. Not a shabby track on here, but Last Light is a real standout.


I really liked this cd. It reminds me of the Cure when they were still good.
I would give this band a listen if you like bands like the Cure - it has the same kind of feel and sound to a certain degree without turning into a carbon copy. Sounds good in the car or at home.


wow. deeply moving
wow. i keep listening to your songs and i just have to tell you your band moves me the way halo and pictures of you by the cure made me feel the first times i heard them. you guys are really amazing.


A barn-storming beauty of an album...
"Orchids" is a fantastically well accomplished record, full of searing chords, etheriel subtlety and awesome energy that doffs it's musical cap to the pioneers of the shoegazing/indie scene of the 90's, while remaining vital, fresh and relevant.

Do yourselves a favour and hear this album - if only for the incendiary "turn me around".

B Cohn

Dark and intense. It left me wanting more.