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ASHTRAY NAVIGATIONS - To make a Fool ask, and you are the first

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Blackest Ever Black BEB 056
Release Year: 2016
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €18.00
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Blackest Ever Black presents To Make A Fool Ask, And You Are The First, the latest and, for us, greatest full-length entry in Ashtray Navigations uniquely important, uniquely sprawling possibly sentient and self-multiplying discography.

It picks up where the nerve-damaged exotica of 2015s A Shimmering Replica left offacerbic surf guitar and synthetic salt-breeze fit for the Tropic of Yorkshire. Instant immersion in a potent, pungent psychedelia that feels equal parts cosmic and aquatic. What Todd wrenches out of his instrument these days is a language unto itself (perhaps it always was) a helical, ecstatic, grieving howla (super)natural efflorescence, beyond earthly description or transcriptionur-rock and post-everything. But equal emphasis is given here to pulsating machine rhythms and lush keyboard textures, with killer contributions from longtime fellow traveller Mel ODubhshlaine.

There were pre-echoes of all this in the recent(ish) Fluctuants and Aero Infinite: but To Make A Fool feels like the culmination, or the fullest expression, of something which was only glimpsed in those earlier works. The side-long Spray Two gently eddying string-pads gradually slashed to all f***k with fraught piano improvisations is a masterpiece in its own right. At its delirious peak, the whole thing boils over into brooding, arpeggiated noir-techno Michael Manns steadicam roaming Leeds B-roads, some kind of tangerine nightmare before finally cooling into a bleary starfield of pure and sumptuous hypno-tone. This LP is a trip, in the most skull-splitting, soul-crinkling sense of the word, but it soothes and heals as well. A circular and transformative journey to the other side of the underneath and a landmark recording from one of the most adept and visionary nodes in Britains freakout underground.



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