The Black Chord transparent turquois vinyl edition.
Born in San Diego but bred in the mists of Avalon, Astra have fast-become a synonym for the ethereal, the sublime, and indeed the genuinely progressive. Ever since 2009's The Weirding put these analog-inflected San Diego visionaries on the map alongside the likes of co-conspirators Earthless, Diagonal and Dungen, who – like some lost tribe of prog faithful - have brought this unwieldly and much maligned form of music out of the dark ages and in front of a new generation of mellotron-loving cognoscenti.
With critics and listeners seemingly already in their corner, San Diego classic space/prog five-piece Astra make a Moog-heavy sophomore outing in the form of The Black Chord . (...) For the time being, The Black Chord makes an engaging impression even as it pushes Astra further into the reaches of the typically staid universe of prog.
A2 The Black Chord
B1 Quake Meat
B3 Bull Torpis
B4 Barefoot In The Head