Astral Spirits Label Profiled

Source: Bandcamp Daily. Great label with an incredible set of releases.

The Austin label Astral Spirits takes its name from a recording by trumpet player Joe McPhee, whose ’70s albums redefined free jazz by incorporating electronic sounds and free-roaming tempos. Those recordings set the stage for much of what the label releases: Astral Spirits specializes in improvised music of every variety and form, from wild skronk and flailing drums, to abstract electronics and the sound of strings being scraped raw. The artists that label manager Nathan Cross pursues are all intrepid explorers and restless innovators; the music they make is united in its desire to reach beyond, to imagine new futures and possibilities, to seek tenaciously and without compromise. “It’s the thrill of trying something new,” Cross says.