From the name down, Astronomique is lost in space. The sounds, the vibe, the metaphors all have the feeling of floating. The band fills every space with sound, and the harmony spins and swirls around the listener in a futuristic yet impassioned onslaught.
The album begins with 'Shaded Gray.' The style is set early on. The first sound you hear is a keyboard sounding somewhat reminiscent of a laser gun, and we're in outer space. The vocals are passionate, and the lyrics are laced with metaphors, such as "you are the moon" and "I'm the blushing sky." 'Push Rewind's' baseline has the feel of a typical '80s New Wave pop song, however the ever present keyboards and constant guitar lift the song to the spacey atmosphere that the band has claimed as their aesthetic. As far as lyrical content goes, this song, like the one that preceded it, appears to lament a love that is no longer. It does so somewhat drastically with the last line, "as you go I know your heart was meant for me."
'Pretend We're Stars' is an invitation, a plan of something to do. While "wrapped in each other's arms" you could be "watching stars collide." And while you're there, why not do as the title suggests and trade places with the stars? It's a fun and flirty song that reflects the band's theme, as well as entices affection and companionship. While the first two songs were more about the loss of love, this one was firmly in the mid-love camp.
The angriest song on the album is almost certainly 'Painting Silhouettes.' In it, Logan Andra Fongemie decries her ex's relationship with the very pointed line, "she is stick figures of insecurity led easily, you will find that subordination just leads to boredom." Apparently her ex chose the easier and less fulfilling route, and this is her song to them now and how horribly they went wrong.
Like the rest of the album, 'The Rawest Nerve' is emotionally charged. If Astronomique's destination is beyond our atmosphere, the passion generated in relationships is their fuel. While 'Painting Silhouettes' is perhaps the most lyrically pointed song on the album, this song is more vague, but is perhaps capable of cutting deeper. The line, "flirting with a needle" suggests that this song is somehow about addiction. Like the majority of the album, it is about a relationship that cannot work any longer because the song's antagonist is "lost in your mind chasing a feeling you're trying to find."
While spacey, 'Burning Stars Fade' is never lost. It's honesty and passion allow it to soar. 8.7/10.
- Jay Abbondanza