album - 7 September 2002
02) Noonday Venus
03) Unsaid (Starry Lamps And Blazing Comets)
04) Autumn And Spring
06) Nothing Up My Sleeve
07) Incident At Astral Motel
08) Beyond Recall
Astral Motel is an album issued on the Almost Opaque label exclusively for Nelsonica '02. Astral Motel was the first of Nelson's albums to be restricted to a single print run of 500 copies, a situation that in time would become the norm. After Nelsonica '02, the album was sold exclusively through the Rooms With Brittle Views website, where it remained on catalogue for approximately 1 year.
Out of print. A digital download reissue is a possibility through Nelson's Bandcamp page.
IF YOU LIKED THIS ALBUM, YOU'LL PROBABLY ENJOY:
Luxury Lodge, Secret Club For Members Only, Modern Moods For Mighty Atoms, Shining Reflector,
Clocks & Dials, Arcadian Salon, Whimsy, Whistling While the World Turns, Noise Candy
"A terrific and very coherent piece of work with a little bit of everything -- kitschy pop tunes, gorgeous ambient pieces, soaring guitar instrumentals, all in one tasty package."
"Astral Motel is a true gem, nothing less."
"My favourite song at the moment in all of this is a fairly obscure track called "Beyond Recall" (final track on Astral Motel which is currently haunting my conscious and unconscious mind). That little keyboard motif that is used throughout the song just keeps spinning around my head and I can't get rid of it."
"It has one of Bill's best tunes - "Beyond Recall" - simply wonderful!"
"Nothing Up My Sleeve": "In my top five best BN tracks. The guitar work is fantastic and it's so Bill, if you know what I mean. "Here...I'll set the metronome...". "
"This album is worth it for the solo on "Nothing Up My Sleeve" alone. I also really like "Beyond Recall". Very majestic and uplifting. And the rest of the album is pretty damned good too!"
"Beyond Recall": "is wonderful, as are all the tracks. I have to say I listened to Astral Motel all weekend and every track is fantastic."