Ashley Reaks - Before Koresh

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2015 Metal Postcard
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7th album from genre-hopping London, UK-based musician and collage artist Ashley Reaks, featuring the improvised Eastern-tinged vocalizations of Norway's Maria Jardardottir, as well as collaborations with Hull wordsmith Joe Hakim, Huddersfield postman Kevin Boniface and lead singer from LA punk veterans The Dickies, Mr Leonard Graves Phillips.

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THIS IS NOT A SCENE

Occasionally one hears an album and is immediately struck by the dexterity of the songwriting, music with a message, delivered, like a Trojan horse, amongst exquisitely constructed tunes. “Before Koresh”, the seventh album from UK-based collage artist and musician Ashley Reaks, is one such album. There is a sense from the opening bars of the title track that the listener is about to embark upon an education, and will in all probability enjoy every moment of it.

WHISPERIN' AND HOLLERIN'

A cross-cultural sonic collage of sounds and soundbites, samples and strangeness, ‘Before Koresh’ presents a portrait of a postmodern dystopia... or, moreover, the world in which we live, as Reaks trawls through the detritus like an inverse magpie.

credits

released April 6, 2015

Ashley Reaks – vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards.


Maria Jardardottir – vocals.


Dave Kemp – saxophones, accordion, voodoo guitar, bass recorder.


Nick Dunne – guitar solos on ‘Before Koresh’ and ‘Hell And Back

Again’ 
Dan Mizen – additional drums and percussion.


Leonard Phillips – vocals on ‘The Dustman’.


Joe Hakim – vocals on ‘Crystal’ and ‘I Want To Get A Celebrity Pregnant’.


Kevin Boniface – vocals on ‘Mr Barton And The Squirrels’



Recorded and mixed by Dan Mizen at Active Audio Studios, Harrogate during 2014/15.

All songs written by Ashley Reaks except for 
‘Crystal’ and ‘I Want To Get A Celebrity Pregnant’ – Words by Joe Hakim, Music by Ashley Reaks.
‘Mr Barton And The Squirrels’ – Words by Kevin Boniface, Music by Ashley Reaks.

Artwork by Ashley Reaks.
www.ashleyreaks.com
info@ashleyreaks.com

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