The 68-minute CD features all new tracks including the 21-minute song suite Modern Times. Produced and engineered by Parmenter, astray is decidedly psychedelic in atmosphere. Songs unfold into dreamlike improvisations that surround the listener. Bassist Mathew Kennedy appears throughout the CD, the sole guest musician on astray. Parmenter covers vocals and other audibles, including piano, guitar, drums, saxophone, violin, organ, synthesizers, marimba, Theremin, and Mellotron sounds.
"...strong melodies, mellotron passages, and other instrumental workouts, especially the 20-minute closer, 'Modern Times.'...Recommended." --David Taylor, Progression Magazine
"...Matthew Parmenter's Astray is rechargeable, reusable, and grows stronger with every use. This is progressive rock in its highest form. It's like a work of art that hangs on a museum wall. Patrons will see something new with each and every visit even when the details don't jump out at them right away." --Joshua Turner, Progressive World.net
"...Quite simply, Astray is one of the best solo progressive albums I have heard in a long while, fans of Discipline won't be disappointed as it has been worth the wait." --Mark Hughes, The Dutch Progressive Rock Page