Static Crash is magic, one of the most gorgeous collections of gothic ethereal pop/noise of its kind to rise from the American underground in decades. One could easily believe its origin to be from 1983, or 1993, or even 2013. But its 2003 release found few takers, outside of a small but dedicated local following. At a time when rock and roll was obnoxiously forcing its way back from the morass of pre-millennial digital aimlessness and DJ culture -- and at the same time was being fought on the other side by the glitzy shallowness of electroclash -- Ashrae Fax was finding ways to inject warmth and confidence into a mothballed musical form. Its eight songs take chances that most all had forgotten about, delving into the solitary power of Kate Bush, the esoteric directions of groups like Dif Juz, the Durutti Column, and the brash iconoclasm of prime-era Siouxsie & The Banshees, ballasted by stretches of ambient interlude and ear-damaging chaos. Limited numbered edition of 1,000 silk screened jackets. Vinyl includes download code. -Mexican Summer.