‘Mythos’ is the fifth album by neo-psych project Astral Son, now reactivated after a five years break. This Dutch multi-instrumentalist recorded eight wonderful tracks influenced by psychedelic rock, krautrock, ’70s electronic et cetera all packed in a very dynamic and multi-layered album. All vocals and instruments by Astral Son: organs, Moog synthesizer, electric guitar, bass, acoustic guitar, Indian harmonium, drum programming, tabla, tingsha, cymbals, cowbell and other sounds. For those familiar with his previous releases, ‘Mythos’ might be an even more complex album ending in an unforgettable journey through time and space, and otherworldly sounds.
“Fantastic! The ghost of a late ’60s, early ’70s Pink Floyd is all over the album! Absolutely trippy!! ~Timemazine.
The test pressing for the new album ‘Mythos’ has arrived. And it is beautiful!!! This might be the best sounding Astral Son yet. I’m totally satisfied. Vinyl release should be around the end of October, if all goes well. Stay tuned!!
A collaboration with Piet Koster from Sphinx Gallery, Amsterdam. Piet’s videos are based on liquid light projection: “The foundation of my work is based on the psychedelic light show we used to have in the 1970’s: Light Show Sphinx”.
For the occasion I removed the vocals from the original recordings so Sound and Vision can merge into One.
The new album is ready, or should I say the creative part. It has been mastered (fantastic!!) and the artwork is done. Currently it is in the vinyl process, waiting for a test pressing. I hope it will be released (Headspin Records) later this year, maybe the end of the summer or autumn. We’ll see.
It took me a whopping five years to complete the album. But it is ready and I am really satisfied!! The mastering has just been done and it turned out beautiful, like I hoped and imagined. It may be the best sounding one yet.
The cover painting is almost ready as well.
I have to come up with some words to describe the album, for promotional reasons. There are so many layers of sound and meaning. Five years went into it, so that’s a lot of thought & action. Let’s say it has all the Astral Son ingredients, wrapped up in eight songs and seven dimensions.
It will be released on vinyl later this year by Headspin Records. Limited to 300, black and coloured.
In 2019 I started on a new album. It went well. And then the pandemic came; I wasn’t in the mood anymore. I went inward, changed my habits. After a long break (not from music, I played every day…) I promised myself to finish the album. There was a lot to do. A lot. I knew this one was going to be tough. Often a song got much better after reworking. It forced me to go through the other songs in order to get them to the same level. This creative process has been amazing. And rewarding. Today I listen to the album and feel it’s almost done. I hope to see it on vinyl next year.
The new Astral Son album has been on hold for a while now. I have finished the initial songwriting, eight songs. So the album framework is there. I was distracted because I had a live performance to prepare and I was busy making new electronic music. The performance is done, it was a lot of fun, synths, sequencers, electric guitar and looper…. And the new Son of Ohm album ‘Zeitgeist’ I also made. It is an instrumental electronic album with lots of electric guitar. And while I was in the mood I made another EM album which hasn’t been released yet.
So I’m filled with all those sound experiences and I’m sure it will have a positive impact on the new Astral Son album. I hope returning to that soon!
About Zeitgeist: “This latest release pushes through boundaries of psychedelic brilliance! I cant decide which was more impressive, the keys or the guitars, however, you mix them together, it is just orgasmic in my opinion!!!!” Shane Beck
This week I’ve started working on a new Astral Son album. I had to take a break and contemplate on my next move. Behind the scenes I’ve been quite active. Playing a lot of guitar and keyboards. I spent a lot of time in the studio doing nothing special but all the time engaged with music. Doing by not doing. Trying to reach that state of silence before new music emerges.
My electronic music is evolving as well. I made ‘Paradigma’ by Son of Ohm. It is a seventies style instrumental album with sequencers, organs, analogue synths and a touch of space guitar. Interesting thing is that I am in the process of fusing Astral Son and Son of Ohm. Fusing psychedelic and electronic. A very happy combination. Ofcourse there were already many electronic elements in the AS albums and psychedelic elements in SoO. But I am ready to bring them together. I have the right tools and insight now.
So this week I was struck by inspiration. Shortly before I was working on a different project with looping, tape recorder, sequencing (Moog) and a lot of electric guitar. Very loose and direct, even lo-fi. Great vibes, Comic Courier territory. Along the way I have been collecting material, words and impressions for a new Astral Son theme. And there it was. Powerful and clear. Going back to the Gurumaya feeling after a long journey. I made four songs in a creative rush. It is still demo stuff but I made the frame. It feels great.
There is not much more to say about it. I have no idea how long it will take before it is ready for release.