Astronauts go stellar
There's been an overwhelming amount of love for 'Skydive', the debut single from Astronauts, in the last couple of weeks.
The track eventually cracked into the Hype Machine top five, with over 4,000 favourites, and racked up 100,000 Soundcloud plays in the space of a week. It's also graced the airwaves courtesy of 6 Music and Radio 2 in the UK, and KCRW and Sirius XM in the US, among others. Lovely. Here are some more things that people who know about this sort of thing have said...
NME: “Something of a marvel.”
BlackBook Magazine (US): “A new rainy day favorite.” BlackBook Magazine (US)
Trust Dusty (UK): “Astronauts might just be my new favourite band.”
Indie Shuffle (US): “I think I just found one of my new favorite bands, and their name is Astronauts.”
All Things Go (US): “There are elements that would seem free and airy on other backdrops, but here are weighted down with an atmosphere of claustrophobic breathlessness. The track is heavy, and it’s dark.”
Hillydilly (US): “Musical bliss.”
Press for ‘Card Trick’
Red Snapper's 'Card Trick' EP comes lurching out of the blocks next week (Monday June 9th). It's already been greeted with a sonorous chorus of online praise. Choice quotes and links below...
Sounds XP: “... like someone has dosed a zoo pen of monkeys with DMT.”
Cast The Dice: "... got us salivating... funky and infectious."
The Sunday Experience: “This will blow minds, I guarantee.”
OTHER 'CARD TRICK' REVIEWS:
Bigshot Mag (in which Rich shares his favourite current artists)
The official video for Astronauts' 'Skydive' is an abstract, ornate medley of Super-8 footage shot at London's Hampton Court Palace, courtesy of London-based visual artist Michelle Deignan.
'Skydive', the debut single from Astronauts, is getting a lot of love from the blogosphere.
Is it still possible to use the word “blogosphere” and not sound like an elderly time-traveller from 2002? It's debatable.
Anyway, the approval for 'Skydive' isn't really surprising, because it's lovely. Here are a few choice quotes...
Sounds XP (UK): “... leaves a lovely psychedelic tingle on the tongue.”
Three Beams (UK): “... richly textured and warmly fluffed pleasure... Beauty without the beast, if you will.”
Bite The Belt (UK): “... everything about this floating piece of folk-esque, journey-inspiring, confines-breaking music breathes sad times turned anew.”
Bucket Full Of Nails (US): “A thoughtful, airy ode to summer escapism.”
SYFFAL(US): 1. “It's being up before everyone in the neighborhood, with the exception of the one guy mowing his lawn a block or so over.”
2. “Dude absolutely relaxed my whole shit, when I finally snapped out of it, I was laying face down in the back yard while my kid was running through the sprinkler and the wife was drinking spritzers. Skydive is the embodiment of perfection, delicate and tranquil perfection.”
OTHER 'SKYDIVE' REVIEWS:
The Toby Mearing Blog & Radio Show (Sweden)
Dan Digs (US) ('Skydive' track of the day 23/5/14)
Beat Surrender (UK)
Getting Near Dawn (UK)