Filled with reverberated guitar riffs and smooth vocals, producer/singer Astronomyy demonstrates sheer quality with his latest EP, There For U. Having gained a following for his innovative mixes of beats and synths, whilst blended with smooth chops on the guitar, the talented songwriter pushes the boundaries even further as he throws in an array of sonic textures to keep things fresh on his most recent outing.
Astronomyy’s skills on the six-string definitely count for a significant portion of his music arsenal, and it’s no surprise that it comes across as the highlight of the four-track collection. It’s one thing to hit out slick riffs on the guitar, but it’s a whole other game when you try to blend it in with electronic sounds and there’s no denying that he does quite a remarkable job at that. While the guitar is featured on literally every track on the EP, it emerges most prominently on “Pack of Wolves”, which is also arguably the standout track of the album. Characterized by deft offbeat rhythms entwined with synthetic tones, this piece of music is one that presents itself as both raw and intricate at the same time. I always think to myself that the one of the marks of good electronic artists is to know exactly when to hit those starts and stops, and it’s definitely something heard here. Just think Jonny Buckland (the guitarist from Coldplay) in collaboration with The xx and this is probably what you’ll get.
Astronomyy also demonstrates his singing abilities on songs such as “Nothin On My Mind”, where the use of background vocals and smooth falsettos allows the track to shine. While the tasteful layering of guitars is definitely prominent on this track as well through the staccato-like notes and catchy chord progressions, the use of his falsetto here highlights his exploration of different signatures to appeal in new fresh ways. We hear the same in the title track “There For U”, with its smooth vocal musings and sonic textures creating broad space-like vibes. The use of varied effects and delays to add meat to the melodies accentuates his courage for experimentation, and the result is almost spine-tingling (I mean that in the best way possible, of course).
“U Make Me Feel Good” treads closest to the electronic dance music that we have all grown used to hearing on the radio today, characterized by deep booming bass lines and trippy breakdowns. The young British producer takes special care in keeping it classy though, with clean guitar fills in the background before the song kicks into gear and goes back full circle into his signature style.
While his production and guitar-playing levels make this electronic collection stand out in its own unique way, the melodies could come across as rather dull and predictable, not just within specific songs but across the EP as well. The lack of excitement in this area is perhaps the one aspect we can most look forward to seeing Astronomyy develop in the times to come, and I believe it is something that will definitely grow with more experience.
Personally, I’d love to catch Astronomyy live so that I can witness the creation and layering of such sounds that boast simplicity and poise at the very same time. The suave visage that we hear is clear evidence of the knack for experimentation that shines through on this latest EP. More than anything else, There For U is definitely an indication of Astronomyy’s potential in the booming electronic scene and I’m stoked to see where that takes him.