Stream Jeffry Astin’s Lost Bhsaaveaegi LP and Read His Track-By-Track Commentary

September 20, 2016 Free Association

We’re still not sure how Jeffry Astin did it outside of some divine intervention, but the Housecraft label head was recently able to recover Bhsaaveaegi, a record that was reported all-but-lost in a hard drive crash 13 years ago. Unlike the underground artiste’s many self-released cassettes, it’s getting a proper vinyl pressing via Elestial Sound later this week. Here’s an early listen, along with Astin’s track-by-track breakdown, which skirts around such heavy influences as “the DEA, Air Force, aliens, implants, inter-dimensional possession/channeling, gun/drug trafficking, death threats, CIA, tele-mobility, psychic/electric disturbances and damage, and the dream police.” Get into it…


“JET, AMBER, JADE, IVORY”
One of the first ambient pieces I worked on in Lakeland, FL. My sister was inspired and provided vocals and general direction. Synth and guitar were used; also field recordings in our yard.

“WHEN THE GROUND OPENS BENEATH ME, I DISSOLVE IN A WHITE SUNBURST OF DAWN”
This piece was done in Orlando. Tyson Bodiford provided xylophone tracks. White truck, white truck, white truck….

“DUST AVATAR, HAZE OF JEWELS”
After a severe head injury I moved to Norfolk, VA. It was recorded with guitar and vocals.

“THE WINDING PATHWAYS BETWEEN THE LEGS OF TABLES AND CHAIRS”
Also in Norfolk. I was silent for weeks, recording everything I could with a MiniDisc. Bass guitar was also used for subtle layers.

“HAIR SPUN GOLD”
Jonathan Coward came to visit me during this time. We were listening to a lot of La Monte Young. Feeling inspired, we made a piece with bowed guitar and bass.

“SAUM / IT IS FROM HERE THAT THE DEEP BLUE GREEN TRANSPARENT SEA OF TWILIGHT COMES DOWN”
This track took over a year to complete. It started in Florida and ended in Norfolk. Mostly field recordings, meticulously composed. Vocals and strings were also heavily in the mix. I wanted to create a simulation of ego loss and transcending states. Chaos to bliss.

“MOON SYLLABLE”
Just a brief experiment fast-forwarding through guitar recordings on a MiniDisc. The result was satisfying.