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A few months back Brian and I toodled out to see Astral Social Club on a bill with Acid Mothers Temple and I think it's fair to say that we loved both, but it was the former that really made my mind take off to another place with their epic, droning one track performance. That night was closer in spirit to the LP Brian's reviewing this week but Octuplex excellently shows off several other side ...

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Octuplex by Astral Social Club
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9/10 Brett Staff review, 05 February 2009
A few months back Brian and I toodled out to see Astral Social Club on a bill with Acid Mothers Temple and I think it's fair to say that we loved both, but it was the former that really made my mind take off to another place with their epic, droning one track performance. That night was closer in spirit to the LP Brian's reviewing this week but Octuplex excellently shows off several other sides to the band in handy, bite-sized experimental chunks. At times almost techno and at times almost ambient (and at times both simultaneously), these tracks are nearly all shot through with a maximal melting pot approach to sound that seriously gets my mind twitching. Guitars, synths, kitchen sinks - they're all swirling around in here somewhere. If I had headphones on at the moment I'd probably be trying to walk in every direction at once. It's often like listening to (at least) two disparate styles of music at once but it totally works, in that sense I'm constantly being reminded of Wolfgang Voigt's Gas stuff.. Although this is a far noisier cacophony. There's collaborations with the likes of Richard Youngs and Spider Stacey of the Pogues (!) across these eight tracks of fun on VHF that I heartily endorse.

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