Following on from their 2014 sell-out double album on Fruits de Mer Records, ‘Wind On Water’, Astralasia have been back in the studio to produce another 80 minutes of chilled electronic sounds – great late-night listening (although side four gets to be a little more unsettling!) from one of the UK’s favourite festival bands of the last 25 years.
We've pulled the stops out with a gatefold sleeve that we're hoping will be overlaid with waves of varnish in an oceanic way (but we haven't seen it yet).
As for the music, the best I can suggest is you settle down and immerse yourself in the album when its released, but I did ask the band to give their perspective on things...
'oceania' is the depth of our souls, along the ocean bed, the lost continent, a forgotten time, a land where love was the answer. It’s about birth, life, love, death, afterlife and rebirth...the whole cycle. It's either a meditative, shared with a loved one in embrace ,or a rememberance of loved ones gone, or in that state inbetween. you the listener decides. some titles hint but we'd rather you make up your own minds as to meaning.
we will all swim up the babbling brook to a new pool of conception and further conscience, another journey to be continued
omg we just realised it's getting awfully dark for just 3 o’clock so first stop 'alooland' and along the shore we go...so long. till our next voyage. take care and travel safely. whatever star you are on. don't get to deep fried and keep swimming.
lots of love from of all of us to all of you - astralasia ...and here's a little preview...
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There will also be a very limited special edition of Oceania with a bonus 7”, live CD and maybe more, but that's for later