Ashtray Navigations ‘Tapwater Locomotive’

'Tapwater Locomotive' front coverPhil Todd'Tapwater Locomotive' back cover'Tapwater Locomotive' cassette

  1. Tapwater Locomotive side A:
    Rough Mixes and Preworkings (20:39)
  2. Tapwater Locomotive side B:
    Deluxe (18:35)

Total time 39:14
Cassette released by Smokers Gifts, SG #6, UK, 2008

Phil Todd: guitar
Phil Legard (#02): drums?
Melanie Delaney (#02): reeds and tapes?

Side A of this Ashtray Navigations cassette was first released as a CD-R in 2005 in an edition of 30. Reissued here as ‘Tapwater Locomotive Deluxe’ edition with additional material on side B recorded with Phil Legard from Xenis Emputae Travelling Band as well as Melanie Delaney. In the 1990s, Phil Todd ran the Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers label, and now runs Memoirs Of An Aesthete. Smokers Gifts is apparently Melanie Delaney’s own label with releases by Ashtray Navigations and her own Ocelocelot. Side A of the ‘Tapwater Locomotive’ cassette is a guitar+drums duo on heavy psych rock mode with tons of effect pedals on the guitar like in the good old days of Pelt ‘Ayahusco’ or, in the quieter moments, Keiji Haino’s ‘Affection’. The guitar parts are so dense you can almost smell the Marshall amps. Side B is an impenetrable, krautrock tour de force for ambient fuzz guitar and various additional sounds, the latter possibly including a reed instrument sounding like whales singing, while other indecipherable sound effects add density and mystery to the musical bliss. The result is a totally hypnotic, floating music that transports you to other planes of existence. Heavy, man! Thanks to Phil Todd for allowing this to appear here. Copies of this release are still available from Phil himself:


5 Responses to “Ashtray Navigations ‘Tapwater Locomotive’”

  1. 1 Dualtrack June 30, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    This is especially interestig to me because Phil Legard is a professional associate of mine and I didn’t know he was involved in this project. He recently sent a vinyl LP to me so I knew he makes music but I didn’t know anything about this project. Hmmm!

  2. 2 continuo June 30, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I’m not even sure what instrument your “associate” plays on this cassette.

  3. 3 phil todd June 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    phil t from ashtray here…I can’t remember which instrument the other phil was playing but it sure weren’t drums……I should say that Mr Legard’s project is XENIS EMPUTAE TRAVELLING BAND and I released their LP, available from me and very nice (hint)….btw side 2 of this cassette is called DELUXE side 1 is called TAPWATER LOCOMOTIVE: ROUGH MIXES AND PREWORKINGS……..and Smokers Gifts is Melanie’s label nothing to do with me. thanks for posting this and I promise I have not forgotten Agencement

  4. 4 Dualtrack July 1, 2009 at 1:11 am

    The Xenis Emputae Travelling Band LP “The Prognomic Glass” is indeed a gorgeous production! I’ll ask P. Legard what he did on the Tapwater Locomotive project next time I touch bases with him.

  5. 5 continuo July 7, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    There’s a lot of Xenis Emputae Travelling Band mp3s on this page. I love their discs covers, recalling the Nimbus label style.

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