Release Date: July 15, 2022
Birth "Born" CD
-Officially licensed Birth merchandise
02. Descending Us
03. For Yesterday
04. Cosmic Tears
05. Another Time
06. Long Way Down
+ 6-Panel Digipak
Birth evolved from Astra, whose two albums for Rise Above Records - 2009's 'The Weirding' and 2012's 'The Black Chord' - had already reinvented classic sonic textures and mind-melds in lucid and intoxicating style. Conor Riley and Brian Ellis nonetheless found themselves seeking out new life and new civilisations. Initially this led to a collaboration with Psicomagia's Trevor Mast and Paul Marrone, although later Marrone (while he does play on 'Born') was replaced by Thomas DiBenedetto (of Sacri Monte, Joy and Monarch) as sparks began to fly in earnest.
The result has been a debut which combines a questing spirit with a dystopian take on the here and now. Musically, whilst traces can be discerned of the dark and magisterial King Crimson of 'Red' herein, as well as the yearning cadences of early Yes and the delirious contortions of Van Der Graaf Generator, a whole host of influences made their presence felt in these mournful cadences, joyful solo passages and kinetic freakouts, from '70s mainstays like Aphrodites Child, Premiata Formeria Marconi and Area to the primitive folk of Robbie Basho and the symphonic soundtrack work of Osanna.
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