Airstar - Unseen Forces

Wednesday 2nd January 2002
Airstar - Unseen Forces
Airstar - Unseen Forces

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Stuart Blackburn

Ness Hodge's departure from Flow shortly after the release of their brilliant 1996 debut album 'Sense' was nothing less than a tragedy. (Almost as tragic was James Lewis's miserly 8 square review in CR35). The band, which had featured twice on the Experience (volumes 20 and 22), found Ness to be irreplaceable (unsurprisingly). But now from the ashes has risen a most marvellous creature. It is comprised of ex-Flow guitar man Harv Jessop and songwriting genius Prod Pritchard who now steps up to the mic. He is joined by the heavenly, harmonious Jules who twice takes the lead and is at her comfortable best on "Daylight". The moody electric guitars of Flow make way for an acoustic melancholy. Six tracks of purity and beauty that leave you aching for more. It is incomprehensible that this band is yet to be signed. Airstar is currently gigging in the Oxford area and are not to be missed if their debut gig at Greenbelt is anything to go by. Plans for a full length CD with a full band are greatly anticipated.

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