If I’ve ever heard a band from the Channel Islands before now, I certainly wasn’t aware of it. Astral Cloud Ashes hail from Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, and that, paired with their name, was only the first thing that was immediately intriguing about them.
Upon starting Astral Cloud Ashes’ debut album, Too Close To The Noise Floor, it quickly becomes clear that, although a little rough around the edges, this is a band that deserves much more recognition. Their sound is perfectly in line with that of many current favorites in the indie/alternative/emo scene that seem to only be climbing with success (think Modern Baseball, the Front Bottoms, Tiny Moving Parts). With 10 tracks, Too Close To The Noise Floor clocks in at just over 40 minutes, so there’s a lot to unpack here, but if you have the time it’s definitely worth the experience. Whether or not you’re a fan of the previously mentioned bands, if you enjoy solid indie rock with relatable lyrics and dynamic instrumentation and song structures, you’re sure to find something to love here.