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    AstralasiaFantasia

    Label:Shadowplay Release – SPR 089
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    Country:Russia
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    Genre:Electronic, Rock
    Style:Trance, Downtempo, Psychedelic Rock, Ambient

    Tracklist

    1Fantasy Prelude
    2Kalki's Coming
    3Air
    4Peace
    Rhythm GuitarJames Leeds
    VocalsRachel Miller
    5Quest
    VocalsAngela Johns
    6Universal Light
    7After The Rain
    8Between
    9Vertigo
    VocalsLou Palmer
    10Absolution
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    For sales in the territory of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Baltic States only.
    Made for 'Fungus': Swordfish
    Recorded in 2007 at: 'The [email protected] Kernow'

    Track 2 originally released on the High Planes Drifter single.
    Tracks 6 and 7 originally released on Cluster of Waves as "Ashra Rising" and "Searching", respectively.

    Barcode and Other Identifiers

    • Matrix / Runout: Astralasia
    • Rights Society: MCPS Ltd.

    Other Versions (1)View All

    Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
    New Submission
    Fantasia (CD, Reissue)Talking Elephant RecordsTECD432UK2019

    Reviews

    fabriknos's avatar
    fabriknos
    This CD flew completely under the radar, released on the Russian darkwave label Shadowplay. According to the Shadowplay website, this CD contains 90% new material, with the remaining tracks appearing on previous releases. Strangely, some of these tracks have different names here - 'Universal Light' is 'Ashra Rising' and 'After the Rain' is 'Searching', both on Astralasia's previous album Cluster of Waves. Not sure what that is all about. As for the new material, it is all over the place, exactly what we've come to expect from this eclectic act. 'Air' is a nice techy trance number, no vocals, just a good consistent groove and quite mixable. 'Peace' is the psychedelic rock sound we've heard on recent albums. 'Quest' is lovely deep ambient, harkening back to their mid 90's days. The final 3 tracks on the CD are also new; Between and Vertigo are just so-so downtempo, but Absolution is a nice floating journey that wraps up the album nicely.

    All in all, this is definitely a strange release without much of a cohesive focus, but for the serious Astralasia fan, it is a nice find. I really enjoyed Air, Quest and Absolution, so to me it was worth the cost of admission.