Astral Gray drops debut album ‘The Past Is In The Way’

"It's an introspective, celestial psych rock LP, that I hope would leave the listener questioning themselves and governments"
20 March 2024
Artwork by Connie Nash (@constancenashnashnash)

Stepping out of Brighton’s dynamic music scene, Astral Gray debuts with The Past Is In The Way, a captivating fusion of 70s-inspired soundscapes and introspective lyricism.

At the forefront of the album is the enchanting Mirror On The Wall, where Astral Gray demonstrates his skill, weaving rich, nostalgic melodies with swelling organs, psychedelic guitar riffs, and deliberate, languid drums.​ His commanding yet heartfelt vocals evoke echoes of musical legends like Weyes Blood, The Doors, Pink Floyd, Father John Misty, and Arctic Monkeys.

The climactic finale of Mirror On The Wall reveals fuzzy guitar tones and intricate vocal harmonies, offering a glimpse into the intricate songwriting woven throughout the album.

Reflecting on the single’s theme, Astral Gray shares: “Mirror On The Wall (Single) is a reflection of all the things I loathe about myself and the landscape of the modern political world, like the stubbornness of humanity and our impending doom.”

Photo by Evie Sims (@earthbody_)

Discussing the album’s essence, he adds: “The Past Is In The Way (Album) is an introspective, celestial psych rock LP, that I hope would leave the listener questioning themselves and governments, but also, how they perceive certain concepts of our society like the growing need for perfectionism in a culture that is very tough to navigate.”

Earning recognition from BBC Introducing and boasting sold-out shows, Astral Gray and his album The Past Is In The Way solidify his position as a rising star.

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