Pete Astor Spilt Milk on Colored LP
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Spilt Milk is the brand new album from indie auteur Pete Astor, previously of The Loft, The Weather Prophets, and other esteemed acts. It was recorded onto 1/2 inch tape at the home studio of James Hoare of Ultimate Painting, The Proper Ornaments and Veronica Falls, with James playing guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and singing backing vocals. Other contributions came from members of Astor's live band, with Pam Berry (Black Tambourine, Withered Hand) supplying vocals, Jack Hayter (Hefner) on pedal steel, Alison Cotton (The Left Outsides) on viola, and Robin Christian (Male Bonding) and Susan Milanovic (Feathers) on drums.
From the opening track "Really Something" to the recent single "Mr Music" the album's re-connects Astor's bespoke guitar pop with his long-standing embrace of The Velvet Underground's musical DNA. Other standout tracks include "My Right Hand," a hymn to everyone's best friend, with guest appearances from Tony Hancock, Marvin Gaye, Philip Larkin and a host of ex-girlfriends; the slow burning drama of "The Getting There" recalling the atmospheres of Astor's 80s kindred spirits, The Go-Betweens. Also, there is the wry drive of "Very Good Lock," summed up by Astor as "a description of an injurious medical condition that often affects the male of the species." Elsewhere there are the gorgeous harmonies of the grown up country lament "Good Enough," which wouldn't be out of place on one of George Jones' most heartbroken albums.
Pete Astor remains in touch, engaged and vital in a way that is rare with someone with such longevity. The album continues the story of one of one of England's most respected and significant songwriters. As Astor says, "time passes, shit happens; some losses, some gains. Don't cry – but I did!" This is Spilt Milk.