- Tapwater Locomotive side A:
Rough Mixes and Preworkings (20:39)
- Tapwater Locomotive side B:
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: