One for the Ghost

Album Review of One for the Ghost by Pete Astor.

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One for the Ghost

Pete Astor

One for the Ghost by Pete Astor

Release Date: Feb 16, 2018
Record label: Tapete Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock

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One for the Ghost - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

Record Collector - 80
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Having established himself as a jangle-pop classicist of note with The Loft and post-C86 shoulda-beens The Weather Prophets, Pete Astor then radically changed direction. Taking a trip into left field, he went on to helm experimental, if critically-acclaimed projects The Wisdom Of Harry and Ellis Island Sound since the turn of the century. Astor has since settled into teaching, lecturing at London's University Of Westminster.

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Their review was generally favourable

Pete Astor – One For The Ghost With 2016's Split Milk LP and Do Nothing EP – on the now folded Fortuna Pop! and the furtive Feral Child labels respectively – veteran musical scholar and polymath Pete Astor reconnected somewhat unexpectedly with the guitar-driven singer-songwriter persona of his Creation Records-affiliated years. Seemingly still in no rush to return to the enduring experimental terrain he trod with The Wisdom Of Harry, Ellis Island Sound and on his more laterally-adorned 2011 solo album Songbox, this fresh platter for a new label home at Hamburg's Tapete Records continues to plough a jangling and chugging furrow for more wry and reflective post-middle-age ruminations. Again, aided and abetted by his erstwhile student James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Proper Ornaments, Veronica Falls) on guitar duties, along with the fresh help from two-thirds of The Wave Pictures (namely bassist Franic Rozycki and drummer Jonny Helm) and Pam Berry (Withered Hand, Black Tambourine) on backing vocals, One For The Ghost ostensibly picks up where Split Milk and Do Nothing left-off.

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