Astra’s “The Black Chord:” Thin Lines and Broad Palates

by Dr. Spin

Initially, it wasn’t Astra’s sound that put them on my radar – it was the pale blue landscape from the cover of The Weirding. It looked like a Roger Dean landscape that had burned to the ground, and I couldn’t resist checking it out. When it finally made it into rotation, I consistently enjoyed its idiosyncratic mellotron-drenched approach to retro-prog. Overall, however, it was a bit overlong, oblique, and, unfortunately, it fell through the cracks in the long term.

Still, Astra presented themselves as the kind of adventurous underground group that I like to adopt and promote… adopt an adventurous promotion over at thePharmacy.

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