专辑类型：Adult Alternative Progressive Electronic / Minimalism / Prog-Rock / Kraut Rock / Experimental Rock
Ashra的前身就是Ash Ra Tempel。灵魂人物Manuel Göttsching(guitar, synthesizer, sequencer, bass, drum computer, gong, vibes, vocals)，其他成员有Lutz Ulbrich (guitar, string synthesizer, piano, Mellotron), Harald Grosskopf (drums, percussion, synthesizer, voice), Steve Baltes (sampling, keyboards, rhythm machine, 1997-present)。
New Age Of Earth是Ashra在Virgin下发的第一张作品，实际上就是Manuel Göttsching个人包办的产物。被誉为Krautrock， New Age乐的经典之作。
The title was more prophetic than most — though Earth thankfully isn't quite so bathetic as any number of releases on Windham Hill, by this point Gottsching was well into his electronic phase, the jam freakouts of the earliest albums replaced by a clean, crisp electronic bed. Unlike the rigorous pulse of fellow Krautrock pioneers Kraftwerk, though, Gottsching generally favored a more consciously playful and simply beautiful approach, aiming to create pleasant music to just enjoy and relax to. If not as serious and avant-garde as other artists, Gottsching was still coming up with the goods, so quite why his later albums have been generally ignored in comparison remains a mystery. Opening track "Sunrain" sounds like it could soundtrack a narrativeless documentary on just that, or at least some sequence of nature photography; bright and sparkling, the synths and drum machines blend together nicely. "Ocean of Tenderness" has a similar sense of film accompaniment, being a gentle, minimal flow of keyboard shading, electronic chirps deep in the mix, and a soft lead melody that carefully unwinds throughout the lengthy track, with a low-key bass pulse appearing a few minutes in as contrast. "Deep Distance" lives up to the title nicely, combining sweetly spaced-out drones with minimal percussion that sounds like raindrops as much as anything else as lead melodies slowly come to the fore. "Nightdust," which takes up the original second side of the album, captures the original psych-jam feeling of Ash Ra Tempel more than anything else. A lengthy Gottsching guitar solo, heavily processed and extremely trebly, begins the piece over a series of soft synth shadings, leading to a marvelous composition with chilly, spectral keyboards and, later, deep electronic pulses and more straightforward guitar. It's a spectacular performance, showing that even on his own Gottsching's fire was still present, though aimed in other directions.
02. Ocean of Tenderness
03. Deep Distance