Astreal | Fragments of the Same Dead Star

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Fragments of the Same Dead Star

by Astreal

Female fronted spacey hybrid of indie, experimental, electronica and shoegaze.
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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1. Projektion
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2. Lover And The Sea
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3. Wallflower
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4. Ceremony
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5. Losing You
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6. Death & Glitter
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7. June 12
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8. Control
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9. This Is Dormant
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10. Blush Response
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11. Snowflake
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12. Projektion (Reprise)
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13. With Child
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14. Xumistia
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Astreal was formed in 1992 in Singapore with influence ranging from shoegaze/noise bands, ambient soundscapes to electronica and rock. The band were prolific in output from the start, and after releasing two self-recorded demos, Dive Gemma (1993) and Chlorine Explosion (1994), they went on to release a full-length album, 'Ouijabluch' under the illustrious Pony Canyon label which to this day, remains as one of the landmark local releases from that period. Astreal also appeared in the BigO Singles Club CD no.13, in 1996.

Following that is the No Excuse Compilation by Pony Canyon in 1997.

Astreal has played at some of these venues. In no particular order: the World Trade Center, the Substation, Zouk Club, Home Club, the Hard Rock Cafe Singapore, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Esplanade, Bar None, and the Singapore Youth Park. Astreal has played to overseas audiences in Thailand and Malaysia.

Some noteworthy appearances include Baybeats '03, '04 & '06, at the Esplanade, the latter which saw an attendance of close to 70,000 people.

The band also opened for Australian indie rock band, Screamfeeder and their own debut album Ouijablush was launched at Tower Record. A track from Ouijablush was also played on a television series, Spin. The song 'Stay Awake' was aired on the John Peel BBC radio show in 1996, receiving applauds, and closer to home Paul Zach described the debut album as "something that would ignite a bidding war between record labels". 'Stay Awake' was also aired on the local station FM98.7 the same year, receiving frequent rotation on the playlist.

The present line-up is Ginette Chittick on bass and vocals, Redzuan Hussin on drums and Muhammad Alkhatib and Nick Chan on guitars.

Astreal's sophomore effort, Fragments of the Same Dead Star, a collection of 14 songs which will be a spacey hybrid of indie/electronica that reflects the band's progression into darker, more incendiary grooves while still retaining all the grit they have come to be known for. Out on Wallwork Records/EMI and can be found in all good record stores.


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World Wide Entity Entertainment

crisp refreshing clear...i would drink this in all day!
This is my first time hearing this and I must say I am thoroughly impressed. Very clear why the reviews elsewhere are so dramatic and exhaustive. This album is the quintessential rock sound classic in device and devoid of the plastic wrap so bogging down the scene these days. I highly recommend this album no matter what genre you prefer this is something worth the spin in heavy rotation.

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hayley


shoegazing on a bright afternoon, sends me floating in the mind of my own. literally, floating. apparently, astreal's music do give a dreamy feeling, as if your eyes suddenly turn droopy. it brings you down to the relaxation mode and continues doing so through out the songs. one will tend to make less conversation and just sit back and dream or sleep.

AEFic

kickin' sweet album
If you're into shoegazer, this album rules. They're a little bit like Luminous Orange, but with a darker tone, and the songs are a little more jam oriented. Ginette Chittick's voice works beautifully in these songs, and she manages to put a lot of hooks into the music while staying true to shoegazer's detached feeling. The rest of the band is great as well- the effects-drenched guitars are especially interesting, and the drummer is obviously above average without seeming like he shows off too much. Unfortunately, they seemed to have dropped off the radar in 2008, but I heard they played a gig this year (2009), so hopefully they'll be back with more music.