Exposé Online banner

Ashley Reaks — Before Koresh
((Not on label) no#, 2015, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2015-08-23

Before Koresh Cover art

For the follow-up to last year’s Compassion Fatigue (1-8), Ashley Reaks has chosen not to adhere to an arbitrary structure regarding track length and key, instead presenting ten songs arranged individually. The lyrical themes are in a similar space, centering on the more negative side of humanity – psychopathic cult leaders, creepy celebrity stalkers, serial killers, teenage drug addicts, and the like. The music is on the bright side, contrasting with the dark subject matter of the lyrics, with catchy melodies, buoyant sax parts, and the occasional proggy guitar break. In the musical world of Ashley Reaks, it’s impossible to tell what is bespoke recording of live musicians, what is sampled from external sources, or whatever else might be going on, and it doesn’t matter – such distinctions are artificial, and it all blends together in such a way that it all sounds of a piece. Spoken narratives feature in several of the tracks, such as the odd story of “Mr. Barton and the Squirrels.” On the whole, Before Koresh is a step above Compassion Fatigue, a further refinement of the same techniques and themes.


Filed under: New releases, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): Ashley Reaks

More info
http://ashleyreaks.bandcamp.com/album/before-koresh

Latest news

2021-01-18
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Liberation. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more

2020-12-09
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs – I think this one may have been repressed again, since I have seen many copies poke their heads out recently. This album in my opinion is the pinnacle of English progressive folk a la The Trees,...  (1993) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues