The Asteroid #4 release new album today

We’ve posted a couple of times about the new album from The Asteroid #4Hail To The Clear Figurines is the sixth album by these Philly psychonauts and is officially released today.

To mark the occasion the band have made a new track available for free, and it is one of our stand-out favourites from the record. Album opener Wicked Wire may only be just over two minutes long, but it is a perfect example of psychedelic space-rock excellence, as a fuzzed up, repetitive guitar riff oscillates over precision percussion and a hazy, smoky vocal drifts overhead.

Out on The Committee To Keep Music Evil, you can order the album here.

Download The Asteroid #4 – Wicked Wire mp3 (from Hail To The Clear Figurines)

Download The Asteroid #4 – Wild Opal Eyes mp3 (from Hail To The Clear Figurines)

Download The Asteroid #4 – Ignition Slated For Eight mp3 (from Hail To The Clear Figurines)

New from Solar Temple Suicides & Asteroid #4

What music could be better suited to a Boxing Day than a woozy, hazy, ‘Where am I? What day is it?” kind of psychedelic rock?

In fact, we have posted about both these bands before, but both have new tracks from their albums available and thankfully Solar Temple Suicides and Asteroid #4 both mine the space rock theme, and both do it well.

So, after too much drink, too much food, and too much everything else, this is just what the Mackerel ordered.

Solar Temple Suicides’ debut full-length album, Sentinels of the Heliosphere, was self-recorded and was released December 14th on Sleepy Records, with an east coast tour to follow in early 2011. Here’s a third track for your edification and enjoyment.

Download Solar Temple Suicides – Close Your Eyes mp3 (from Sentinels of the Heliosphere)

Asteroid #4 will release their sixth studio album Hail to the Clear Figurines in February on The Committee to Keep Music Evil label. With a clear love of Spacemen 3 and a most pleasing devotion to reverb, krautrock, shoegaze and even a bit of folk and country rock, the album is a winner in MM’s eyes. Here’s a second track from it…

Download Asteroid #4 – Wild Opal Eyes mp3 (from Hail to the Clear Figurines)

Previously Posted:

Download Solar Temple Suicides – Pale Blue Dot mp3 (from Sentinels of the Heliosphere)

Download Solar Temple Suicides – A Rough Road Leads To The Stars mp3 (from Sentinels of the Heliosphere)

Download Asteroid #4 – Ignition Slated For Eight mp3 (from Hail to the Clear Figurines)

Mad Mackerel Recommends…Asteroid #4

Supposedly named after Vesta, the brightest asteroid in our solar system, the moniker is an obvious nod to Spacemen 3, the classic UK band which The Asteroid #4 repeatedly cite as an influence. In fact, one of the group’s earliest recorded offerings was an even spacier (if that’s possible) version of Losing Touch With My Mind on Rocket Girl’s tribute compilation to the psych giants. Pete “Sonic Boom” Kember himself named the song as a stand-out track on that compilation in an interview with Magnet Magazine.

Now The Asteroid #4 is ready to release what will be their 6th full-length album. This collection of albums, accompanied by a host of compilation selections, digital-only rarities and a number of 7″ singles, is all the more impressive considering the revolving cast of band members over the years. True, The Asteriod #4 have maintained a few core members but watched countless others come and go. Despite this challenge in continuity, the band has never called it quits. If truth be told, perhaps it has been the near-constant change in personnel over the last decade or so that’s made the band what it is today. Their sound, a hypnotic hybrid of several different genres filtered through the kaleidoscope of all things psych, krautrock, shoegaze, folk and even 70s ‘cosmic’ country-rock, has matured them to the point of originality rather than simply homage.

Perhaps due to the season, and its affect on the psyche, new album Hail To The Clear Figurines has a touch of melancholy, a wistfulness borne of the blown snow and bare trees enveloping their surroundings. A willing back to life of all that was slumbering. From the opening invitation to “take the journey like we’re lovers,” on Wicked Wire, the apocalypse history of the title track, the shambolic Buffalo Springfield-alike of The Unknown and the Byrdsian Got Nowhere To Go to the closing thrust and majesty of Ignition Slated For Eight, The Asteroid #4 have given us an album to treasure.

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Download The Asteroid #4 – Ignition Slated For Eight mp3 (from Hail To The Clear Figurines)