All the Stars Collide Into a Single Ray (DSD Single) (2020)

Naxatras

The Naxatras Single "All the Stars Collide Into a Single Ray" was originally released on September 17, 2017. It was spontaneously recorded in the space of around six hours, including setting up (!), using exclusively analog equipment, mostly containing vacuum tubes. Now we bring it to you as a DSD Single at NativeDSD Music.

Producer and Recording Engineer J. I. Agnew says "If you have a hard-rocking band, performing all together through vacuum tube amplifiers, cranked up loud, and you capture this through 2-3 good microphones with vacuum tube recording electronics, going straight to analog tape pushed to the limit, then you will not only record music but the true passion and excitement of rock'n'roll along with it. All the blood, the sweat, and the tears that have defined this genre from the very early days. This is how it was done back in the day and this is still how it is done."

"[...] It’s a nine-minute gentle nudge into the ethereal that even as it gets heavier stays low key and laid back, the subdued intro holding sway for the duration despite a swinging verse taking hold.

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Naxatras

Naxatras is a hard psychedelic rock band from Greece, formed by John Vagenas, John Delias and Kostas Harizanis. They play a warm psychedelia full of fat grooves, dreamy melodies, heavy riffs and trippy guitar solos all with the vintage touch of the 70's.
They have been developing their music since 2012, and finally recorded their first full-length album at Magnetic Fidelity, Jesus I. Agnew being their sound engineer and consultant, who contributed his in-depth knowledge of analog recording and the independent music industry. Only analog equipment was used in the recording/mixing/mastering stages of the album. Their debut album "Naxatras LP", which was released in 2015, became one of the best selling releases of their genre internationally and is already considered a classic. In 2016 they released their second full length album titled "II" as well as an EP, once more recorded fully analog and performed live.

Their third album, released in 2018, won the "Best Audiophile Recording" Award in the "Analogue" category, both in its triple LP edition on vinyl and its double reel edition on 1/4" tape, at the Rocky Mountain International Hi-Fi Press Awards, in Denver, Colorado, on September 8.

The band has gained a reputation for high-energy live performances combining elements of psychedelic/progressive rock, stoner, funk, jazz and oriental music with a psychedelic video wall to accomplish full stimulation of the senses.
In summer 2015 they went on their first tour playing 5 countries in the Balkans. Since then, they have been touring all over Europe and the Balkans, Australia, as well as the Middle East.

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All the Stars Collide Into a Single Ray (DSD Single) (2020)

Naxatras

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Note the rising bassline from John Vagenas. Also note the lead that starts around 3:50 from guitarist John Delias. Also note the classically classy drumming from Kostas Harizanis. While you’re noting these things as the band makes its way into and out of organic psych drift, put them all together in your mind for a better understanding and naxatras-all-the-stars-collide-into-a-single-rayquick summation of just what it is about Naxatras that’s allowed them to grab such a fervent place in the Greek underground in such a relatively brief amount of time. The dynamic of their style is so fluid and their grooves so warm — they just hit the mark in a way that makes it sound like anyone could do it. Of course, if that were true, everyone would. [...]"

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All the Stars Collide Into a Single Ray (DSD Single) (2020)

Naxatras

Analog Recording Equipment: Telefunken M15A, Variety of Microphone Pre-amplifiers, FWRL Spring Reverb Unit.
Cables: Variety of cables, including Van Damme OFC, Viper, Mogami, and custom wiring consisting of 99.99 % solid silver wires, along with gold plated connectors by Neutrik and some miscellaneous connectors by Amphenol and Switchcraft.
Digital Converters: Tascam DA-3000
Mastering Engineer: Jesus I. Agnew
Microphones: Various including models by AKG, Electrovoice, Lem, and Shure.
Mixing Board: Thermionic Culture Custom Green Fat Bustard vacuum tube mixer
Producer: Naxatras and Jesus I. Agnew
Recording Engineer: Jesus I. Agnew
Recording location: Magnetic Fidelity Live Room
Recording Software: ATR Magnetics 1/4" Master Tape, if this counts as software...
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog
Speakers: Agnew Analog Type Full Range Monitors

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