'BEAUTY IN THE ORDINARY' is released through Phill Calvert's label, Behind The Beat Records. Musicians who have contributed their musical talent are Phill Calvert, Ian Kitney, Charlie Owen, John Olson, Paul Volta, Adele Pickvance, Rosie Westbrook, Richmond Brain, Eugene Beissel, Sam Price. The album was produced by Phill Calvert and Astrid Munday. All songs by Astrid Munday except 'Junction Station' and 'Titanic' (music: Astrid Munday and Lyrics: Kit Quarry}.
A few of the songs on 'Beauty In The Ordinary' are reflection's on life with Tony Cohen, but the album is also dedicated to him for his great encouragement in my songwriting, and all that I learned about recording from him. “Playing, writing and singing is in your soul & don't forget it!" (Tony Cohen).
reviews of 'Beauty in the Ordinary' :
“Comparisons are odious, as this feels utterly Munday’s record, a local blood release in the same classic survivor vein as Paul Kelly’s Post. That said, if you like Cat Power, Velvets-era Nico, and some inner-city cowgirl pop, you might want to tune in.Meet You at the Studio tells the story of Tony and Astrid’s love, skipping to a sad-happiness. Beware of Strangers is like a Paul Bowles story set in Tangiers: cautionary, haunting. You Laugh You Cry could be a child’s song, but it’s an older woman letting go of life’s weight. It’s all a joy.”
Link to the full Sydney Morning Herald/ The Age, Good Weekend review of 'Beauty In The Ordinary' by Mark Mordue.
"Astrid Munday Monday Arvo (AMMA). This is one hell of an album. Powerful, poignant, moving. Add in truly wonderful songs, sublime playing and terrific singing. I put it on this morning and haven't listened to anything else since then. It's Astrid Munday's collection of songs about her late husband Tony Cohen and it's beyond great. YOU, my friends, need to hear it".
"I love the album and the emotions coming from it make for an incredible listen"
"Wow...I'm a bit lost for words as I had no idea what to expect. I love the concise nature of the songs ( left me wanting more), and the lyrical content is the hero for me. It's so personal and intimate. I got a bit teary hearing descriptives of TC that are so erudite and profoundly Tony. Thank you for such a courageous and authentic collection of songs that invite the listener into such an intimate and personal space. An incredible gift to the world Astrid".
“It is about loss but "Beauty In The Ordinary" isn't stark or maudlin; it excludes a gentle warmth and a sense of what was experienced and not just what's gone. It's also a record of contrasts. "Love Your Ways" is a naked love song propelled by chunky guitar and lilting, ethereal keys. "Muscles of Steel" is measured hard rock flecked with desire.
The flint-dry drums and guitar of "Junction Station" is neat '60s pop and make it one of the best things here, just shading the back-and-forth psychedelic trip of "Disconnection".
"Met You At The Studio" revels in the ordinariness of an extraordinary shared life with its allusions to entertaining rock stars and production fame spanning a couple of cities. "Beware of Strangers" is a spoken word Morroccan road trip told with self-deprecating humour. "I'll Be Gone" exposes a nerve with its immediacy while "You Laugh, You Cry" closes the record on an optimistic note.”
Phill Calvert & Astrid Munday, The Church Studio, Jan 2020 Pic : Julia Brampton
Astrid Munday & The Midas Touch, The Spanish Club, 2006, Pic : Tony Cohen
Ian Kitney & Astrid Munday, 2011
Astrid Munday & Richie Brain, 2012 pic: Kate Buck
Astrid Munday & The Midas Touch, The Empress, 2006. pic: Tony Cohen
Astrid 2019, pic Chris Hack
BANDS Astrid has performed in :
o Astrid Munday and The Midas Touch (2006) James Paull (Guitar), Rosie Westbrook (bass), Ian Kitney (drums, percussion), Astrid Munday (Acoustic Guitar & vocals).
o Astrid Munday Band (1999-2000) James Paull (Guitar), Adele Pickvance (bass, backing vocals), Ian Kitney (drums), Andy Parsons (bass), Astrid Munday (Acoustic guitar & Vocals).
o Astrid Munday and Dystopia (1996-1999) Astrid Munday, (Acoustic guitar & vocals), Stephen Moffat, (Guitar), Tim Cleaver, (Bass), Shamus Goble (Drums) Rosie Westbrook (Bass), Sean Kelly (Guitar), Rod Bustos (Bass), Darren Whittingham (guitar) and Craig Williamson (Drums). (Astrid Munday with Stephen Moffat, Tim Cleaver, and Shamus Goble also temporarily played under the name "Astrid Munday & the Defects" )
o Blush (1993-1995) Astrid Munday (Acoustic Guitar & vocals), Penny Ikinger (guitar, backing vocals), Rosie Westbrook (Acoustic Bass), Clare Moore (drums)
o The Flirts (1991-2000) (various line ups) Astrid Munday (Acoustic Guitar & Vocals), Kit Quarry (Vocals) with various line ups including Tim Quarry (guitar), Ed Clayton-Jones (bass), Donald Baldie (drums).
o Desert Boot (1990-1992) (various line ups) Astrid Munday (Acoustic Guitar & Vocals), Gerard Kortegast (bass), Peter Bull (keyboards), Dave Barber (drums), Paul Thirkell (guitar), Jon Schofield (guitar), Dave Steel (guitar).
o The Killer Sheep (1986-1987) Micheal O'Connell (Vocals & Acoustic Guitar), Astrid Munday (Vocals), Clinton Walker (bass), James Scanlon (Guitar), James McKay (Drums).
• - Astrid Munday, Beauty in the Ordinary, album 2020 [Behind The Beat Records]
• - Astrid Munday, Sunshine & Promises, album 2006 [AZM]
• - Astrid Munday, Apparition, album 2000, [AZM]
[originally released through Laughing Outlaw Records]
• - Astrid Munday, Astrid Munday album 1998, [AZM]
[originally released through Blah Blah Blah Records]
• - Brass Bed, Save your Breath LP 2000 (backing vocals, "Irony")
• - YLEM vs. Astrid - "Dreamfeel" - single UK (vocals) 2001 (original & Airhead mix)
• - Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Murder Ballads 1996
( backing vocals "Curse Of Millhaven") [Liberation Records]
• - Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Henry Lee CD5"
( percussion, "King Kong Kitchee Kitchee Ki-Mi-O") [ Mute Records Ltd.]
• - Delicatessen (UK), Hustle Into Bed 1996 ( backing vocals ) [Big Life]
• - The Cruel Sea, Three-Legged Dog 1995
(backing vocals, "Gimme Back My Thing") [Polydor Records (Australia}]
• - Margaret Star -- (track): "Win Or Lose"
Annabelle Murphy short film soundtrack, 1995.
• - Grant McLennan - Watershed - Album 1991
(backing vocals, "Sally's Revolution") 1991 [Beggars Banquet]
• - The Batmen (France), Bubble Skies 1988( backing vocals) [Closer Records]
• - Died Pretty, Lost 1988 ( backing vocals, "Free Dirt")
• - The Killer Sheep, "Wild Down Home" single 1988
(Vocal -"Wild Down Home" / "Don't Turn Your Back") [Au Go Go)]
• - Porcelain Bus, Steel Bros 1987 (backing vocals ) [Festival ]
• - Paul Kelly and The Coloured Girls, Gossip,
(backing vocals "Before too Long" & "Maralinga") 1986 -
in Australia [Mushroom Records] 2003 [Festival / Mushroom Records]