Ascension is the new release from instrumental space-rock trio Caudal, who are comprised of guitarist Aidan Baker, bassist Gareth Sweeney, and drummer Felipe Salazar. This is the follow-up to their 2013 debut Forever in Another World. Featuring just three long tracks, Ascension might test the patience of your average listener, but those into extended soundcapes that cross into prog, jazz, and drone, will no doubt find a lot to like here. The 20-minute opener "Uprise" features repetitive rhythms and some guitar noodling, and "Slow Bow" starts out as a more conventional type piece before morphing into Tangerine Dream style krautrock, with Baker's guitar textures breathing & expanding with each passing moment. "451s2" is the shortest track at just about 6-minutes, and possibly the creepiest, with menacing sounds eventually giving way to space rock rhythms, almost reminding of a long lost track from an old Hawkwind album. Overall, there's some interesting sounds going on here, though taken as a whole the album tends to meander a bit, but there's enough to recommend to anyone with a passing interest in instrumental space-rock.
2) Slow Bow