As the name suggests, it’s clear that Astronomique is on a space odyssey. The sounds, the vibe, the imagery all have the feeling of floating amongst the stars. The band arose by merging Fongemie’s love of ‘60s psychedelia and Hogan’s passion for late ‘70s B-Grade sci-fi films with both members’ equal adoration for early ‘80s post punk and dark romanticism. It’s no surprise that these elements naturally progressed to what the band half jokingly calls “Space Wave.” With a name borrowed from a French picture book out of Fongemie’s childhood, Lunette Astronomique, their influences are fondly conveyed. The addition of Billings on drums and Saari on bass brings an organic, funky element to the band’s unique brand of space-age electro psych-pop.
Fusing infectious dance beats with darkly beautiful waves of psychedelic synths, fuzzed out guitars, and hypnotic vocals, the honesty and easy-going nature of Minneapolis band Astronomique shows through on their latest release, Sharp Divide. The 10-track, 36-minute LP matches dark disco with dreamy pop to fantastic effect. It’s moody enough to be alluring while retaining the essential delight of a house party. Fongemie’s lyrics explore the depths of life and love amidst a backdrop of ‘60s psychedelia, but conveyed with an ‘80s love song twist - something to which we can all relate. Sharp Divide finds the band contemplating cosmic inquiries, reflecting on regrets, pondering our collective existential identity, and revisiting the raw passion of human experience that has always embodied the heart of Astronomique.
Logan Andra Fongemie / lead vocals, keys, lyrics
Sean Hogan / guitar, vocals
Mitch Billings / drums, vocals
Preston Saari / bass guitar
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