Ashley Reaks - Melancholia

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PENNY BLACK
Ashley Reaks flaunts the kind of maddening genius usually reserved for Dutch impressionists who puncture their ears. Okay, so Reaks is from England, but he is still a mad Renaissance man. Besides singing, playing guitar and composing, he is a visual artist who paints vividly. Reaks experiments successfully with a myriad of genres layering reggae, African drumming, Indian vocalizations, electronica, jazz and spoken word, Jah Wobble bass and even scat-singing to his wizardly elixir.

SANDMAN
'Melancholia' sounds like PiL, The Sisters Of Mercy and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry all jamming together, with Reaks’ evocative vocals weaving in and out of the 
lush synth textures and tribal rhythms. Melancholia' retains a coherence, a consistency and a pop sensibility often lost when artists try to be ‘experimental’. Although Reaks’ music IS experimental in the sense that it blends seemingly disparate genres it does so seamlessly and skilfully. Ashley Reaks proves that clever and
carefully constructed music can still be visceral, direct and beautiful.

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released April 25, 2015

2015 Metal Postcard Records

Ashley Reaks - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
Maria Jardardottir - Vocals
Ian Peak - Saxophones

All songs written by Ashley Reaks
Recorded by Mark Woolnough except 'Sucker For Punishment' by Dave McCracken

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Metal Postcard Records is an independent record label based in Hong Kong and influenced by the likes of Fast Records / Factory / Postcard / Island / Stiff and Bill Drummund's wonderful Zoo records

We believe in new music from around the world ... not world music !
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