Spilt Milk by Pete Astor on Apple Music

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About Pete Astor

Peter Astor's long career in the center and on the fringes of indie pop may not have yielded him fame and fortune, but he's been responsible for some of the genre's high points and can always be counted on for interesting and honest recordings. Beginning in the early '80s with the Loft, one of the first bands to sign with Alan McGee's nascent Creation label, Astor's witty, sure-handed way with a tune was clear. Their singles "Why Does the Rain" (1984) and "Up the Hill and Down the Slope" (1985) were highly influential indie pop touchstones, but the Loft were derailed before reaching their full potential. Astor continued with the Weather Prophets, shifting gears a bit with a more straight-forward rock sound. After releasing debut single "Almost Prayed" for Creation in 1986, the Weather Prophets moved to McGee's new WEA-sponsored label Elevation for their first album, 1987's Mayflower. The label was short-lived, and the combo's next album, 1988's Judges, Juries & Horsemen, was issued by Creation. However, the bandmembers soon went their separate ways, with Astor segueing smoothly into a solo career. He put out two solo albums for Creation (1990's Submarine and 1991's Zoo) before jumping over to French label Danceteria for 1992's Paradise and 1993's God & Other Stories.

Citing weariness with the music industry, Astor stepped back from making records for a time, finally re-emerging in the late '90s with two bands (Ellis Island Sound and the Wisdom of Harry) less interested in songcraft and more focused on sound, with a heavy electronic music influence. Both bands released a steady stream of singles and albums in the late '90s and early 2000s. In 2005, Astor returned to the guitar and vocal setup for the Hal's Eggs album, a set of reworked folk songs. He also was working at the time as a lecturer at the University of Westminster, focusing on music studies. After a long break from the studio, during which time the Loft sporadically re-formed for live shows, Astor returned with Songbox in 2011, a record that saw him returning to the classic sound of his early recordings. After another break from recording, Astor was encouraged by a former student, James Hoare of Veronica Falls and Ultimate Painting, to make another album, for which he would provide most of the musical backing. Teaming with Slumberland and Fortuna Pop!, Astor released the relatively lo-fi but lyrically sharp as ever Spilt Milk in early 2016.

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