If you like Todd . . . . try Astral Drive

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Tgreul, Jul 12, 2018 at 8:26 AM.

  1. Tgreul

    Tgreul Active Member Thread Starter

    Amazing (to me anyway) new album by Phil Thornalley (who has some stellar writing and producing credits) under the name of Astral Drive. He wanted to create a long lost album from the mid-70s - and succeeds. He draws heavily on various Todd-isms throughout the album. I was blown away. A very nice, well crafted and sincere homage.

    https://www.amazon.com/Astral-Drive...pID=51nb6ujQG9L&preST=_SX342_QL70_&dpSrc=srch
     
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  2. Tgreul

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  3. Terrapin Station

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    Tell him to put it on Amazon streaming and I'll check it out.
     
  4. Kevin j

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    todd snider rules!!!
     
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  5. jmpatrick

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    I trust the reception this guy gets here will be as warm as the one Greta Van Fleet has received.
     
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  6. Tgreul

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    Hmm I see the Amazon page says that it is on streaming. I asked Alexa to play it and she said she didn't have it. Let me try it again..........

    Ah, the problem was that I asked for Astral Drive by Phil Thornalley. Astral Drive is the band ( "band"?) name, too.

    Anyway, pretty cool to start although it's maybe a bit too self-consciously Todd-like.
     
  8. Tgreul

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    I can see why some people may not like it for that reason, but it's just so well done
     
  9. Terrapin Station

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    So, I just listened to the whole album. I like it, but very obviously it was approached with the intention of mimicking Todd. It's the sort of thing you come up with when you analyze someone's characteristics, then make sort of a checklist to make sure that you're including enough of them in each tune so that it sounds like a lost song by the other artist. It gives you "simulated Todd," like you might have simulated wood furniture , a simulated leather jacket, etc. (And I do own a couple simulated leather jackets (they're for sports teams).)
     
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    "Summer Of '76" - Astral Drive.
    I like this.
    Mr. Rundgren on the tv and Todd on the turntable in the video.
     
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  11. rodentdog

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    I am streaming it on Tidal right now. Eerie.
     
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  14. The Panda

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    "Odd, Toddly enough"

    Edit: I like. Did he master the cd as crappy as Todd did in the early 70's?
     
  15. Rfreeman

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    Rundgren? Or the Bill Murray character from SNL?
     
  16. John Rhett Thomas

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    Huge fan of Sweeney Todd but I'm not hearing much of it in the sound clips, sorry...
     
  17. The Panda

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    sorry, not a hijack, but a coda

     
  18. anonsequitur

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    To my ears, this track borrows a lot more from New Radicals “You Get What You Give” than any specific Todd song.

    Granted, “You Get What You Give” sounds quite Todd influenced on its own.
     
  19. Tgreul

    Tgreul Active Member Thread Starter

    Simulated Todd is a good description for this, but again it’s just so well done. It’s not a total rip off - there are some borrowed bits and pieces, but it’s definitely “inspired by”. Am really enjoying this.
     

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