Astral, a Bay Area trio who has just released its third full length album Forever After, are taking the prize for the most aptly titled band we've come across in ages. Their brand of atmospheric rock is absolutely "of, relating to, or coming from the stars." Even more, this release finds the group fitting snuggly into the genre of post-punk revivalists, creating a proper blend of ringing bass and melodic guitar work that quickly curves into soaring arena ready sounds. Try the trio on for size below.
"Hillburg's songs are modern and fresh while also being eerily reminiscent of some of the best singer-songwriters of the classic era. She easily calls to mind the classic pop sensibilities of Harry Nillson, the romantic drama of Fleetwood Mac, the confessional lyricism of Joni Mitchell, and the effortless hooks of Paul McCartney--all without sacrificing her own strong and individual voice.
The 13 song album ranges from bittersweet ballads ("Raise the Saddle", "For Good"), to dance-pop ( "Wine in a Tea Cup"), to caustic folk ("Instead") and beyond. This is a brave and straightforward collection of songs. Warm, rich, and comforting, Anna Hillburg's first solo album is poised for big things. Release Date: March 25, 2013.Pressing Details: 500 pressed; black vinyl."