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

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

John Surman - Way Back When – John Surman (saxes), John Marshall (drums), John Taylor (electric piano), Brian Odgers (bass guitar). For many readers, that list alone puts this on the must-have list. Throw in the recording date of...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues