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Live Reviews:

The Zodiac, Oxford, Oct 2001

     
   

Recording Reviews:

Demo Single, www.bbc.co.uk, Aug 2004
Demo Single, Nightshift magazine, Jan 2003
Demo Single, Crossrhythms magazine, Jan 2003
Unseen Forces, Crossrhythms magazine, Mar 2002
Unseen Forces - an online review

     
   

Live at The Zodiac, Oxford, Oct 2001
Having never caught them live and having only given their superb 'Unseen Forces' debut CD a few listens through, I wasn't quite sure what to expect in hearing Airstar live.
Visual cues first: no drummer, two acoustic guitars, two vocal mics and a bass rig -- not your 'meat-and-two-veg' rock 'n' roll outfit. And then the sound and the songs: at once delicate and powerful, trembling and assertive. Weird swells of emotion were conjured as I listened to Jules' vocals - much truer live than on the CD - so pure, and couched in the centre of some deft and sophisticated acoustic interplay between Harv and Prod.
A rose between two thorns? Well, no not really. Prod turned in some exquisite vocal performances of his own. And the piêce de resistance? Well, that came when they sang together. Rising and falling in perfect harmony, Prod and Jules have that extremely rare gift of a pair of voices that really do go together - seamless and complementary.
As if that wasn't enough, there was a musical intelligence at work throughout the set. Bassist Steve was weaving ethereal soundscapes behind and throughout all that Harv and Prod were melding with their grown-up guitar work.
Airstar live? Thoroughly recommended. The songs on the 'Unseen Forces' CD are given extra life and the band's other material sounds just as promising - if not more so - subtly moving toward crescendos, choruses and cadences without you noticing. They took me unawares. And it was a very nice surprise. Songsmithery of the highest calibre. Sweet and impassioned vocal performances and an intelligent rattle and hum. Nice one.
Paul Northup

   

Demo Single, www.bbc.co.uk, Aug 2004
Wheatley-based band Airstar have produced a mini-album packed with soaring harmonies and big choruses. Holly Davis takes a listen.

"Airstar's demo is something quite amazing, opening with the title track 'Beautiful thing' which I have played consistently since receiving it.

"If only the charts were full of more songs like this - it beams proud and uses electronics in a most mainstream and likeable way.

"The tune [Beautiful Thing] resounds in my head and later I find myself singing it and thinking: 'Damn, this song is really good - who is it again?!'"

(Read the whole article here)

   

Demo Single, Nightshift magazine, Jan 2003
We rather like this demo. 'Beautiful Thing' is gentle 80s-style pop that's artfully constructed, mixing pastoral whimsy with a meaty production and expansive arrangement. The vocals are a bit too buried under studio effects to cut through but other than that, this could be a Top 40 hit, it's that commercial. The two other tracks on the demo, 'Someday' and 'Chromium', aim for a more Radiohead style of things, the former fluffy round the edges, the latter more abrasive. So, no folk pop in evidence here. Instead, some pleasantly aspiring pop music.

    Demo Single, Crossrhythms magazine, Jan 2003
Reviewed by: Tony Cummings
As our recent City Lights profile intimated, Airstar are one of the best things happening on the Reading scene and this delightful taster for a forthcoming album is every bit as good as their hugely underrated 'Unseen Forces' album suggested, though here they've taken a more alt rock approach. Nice layers of guitar, quirky keyboard effects and vocals from Prod which have a deliciously haunting quality. I think I like the churning "Someday" every bit as much as the undulating first track while "Chromium" is growing on me too.
Thoroughly recommended.
Rating: 9/10
    Unseen Forces, Crossrhythms magazine, Mar 2002
Reviewed by: Stuart Blackburn
Ness Hodge’s departure from Flow shortly after the release of their brilliant 1996 debut album ‘Sense’ was nothing less than a tragedy. The band found Ness to be irreplaceable (unsurprisingly). But now from the ashes has risen a most marvellous creature. It is comprised of ex-Flow guitar man Harv Jessop and songwriting genius Prod Pritchard, who now steps up to the mic. He is joined by the heavenly, harmonious Jules, who twice takes the lead and is at her comfortable best on ‘Daylight’. The moody electric guitars of Flow make way for an acoustic melancholy. Six tracks of purity and beauty that leave you aching for more. It is incomprehensible that this band is yet to be signed. Airstar is currently gigging in the Oxford area and are not to be missed. Plans for a full length CD with a full band are greatly anticipated.
Rating: 10/10