You can now download this 80+ minute double CDr in it's entirety in glorious lossless FLAC thanks to bandcamp extending our upload limit! Look out for more epic Ashtray tracks over the coming months.
double CDR! two tracks each exceeding 40 minutes. Snakestrings (i.e. disc 1) is a trip through strings and soundboxes, Phil Todd plays esraj, kemence, electric sitar and guitars until the electronic instruments rebel and propel the whole thing into psychedelic overdrive. Hollywood Taught You To Kiss (i.e. disc 2) is based around another Todd/Crowley/Legard trio excursion. Dedicated to Sun Ra and Andy Warhol respectively. Limited to 99 numbered copies.
"More double CD-R prolificy from Phil Todd’s thermal-riding Ashtray Navigations, here combining a solo track with a great suck-in of a collective performance. Still flying the ragged flag as patrician experimentalists, ‘Snakestrings’ is coiled oiled metal – a symphony of stretch and untailored moves. There are gentle revolutions throughout, cymbals swell like accumulating metal weather and drift off like the mild removal of a brain’s rust. The super tight guitar strings play off against the song’s slide into languidity, Todd’s soloing slowly feeling its way to some alchemical codex. A step-by-step previously unsullied route to something other, Todd is Hague level criminally underrated player and improviser.
Each disc runs over forty minutes, but “Hollywood Taught You to Kiss” is the further reaching trip. A slow burn of oscillations and spike-spined lulls, the trio of Todd, Phil Legard and Mel Crowley skirt the edge of instability with shirts untucked. There’s a focus with Ashtray Navigations that a lot of artists lose in improvisation, a turning of ideas that has Todd still keeping one hand on the controls. “Hollywood…” is an enormous spinning hog-wild dip into dilatory trajectories - its like watching journeying lights in the sky eyes clenched. In a case of an unavoidable, pointless and unnecessary toe-to-toe, “Snakestrings” triumphs purely on the grounds of its purer example of Phil Todd’s vision". 9/10 -- Scott McKeating (2 July, 2008) Foxy Digitalis
released June 1, 2008
Phil Todd plays esraj, kemence, electric sitar and guitars