ASTRONOMIQUE'S INTERGALACTIC DREAM-POP: 'THE SHAPE YOU TAKE'
Flash back to the '80s with Astronomique's new single, The Shape You Take. Mixed with intergalactic dream pop and elements of dark synth-driven disco, The Shape You Take creates an atmospheric sound that is out of this world. Described as "an impressive introduction to hooky celestial pop-rock that sounds a bit like Ladytron meets dreamy psychedelia meets Carl Sagan," Astronomique's funky bass rhythms and upbeat New Wave synthpop are unlike any other.
Astronomique arose out of inspiration from the ‘60s-throwback psychedelic artwork of vocalist/keyboardist, Logan Andra Fongemie (Satellite Voices). Joined by Sean Hogan (The New Monarchs) on guitar/vocals and Mitch Billings on drums, the trio envisioned a soundtrack that would compliment their visual component. Namely, a nouveau approach toward New Wave synthpop, inspired by the likes of The Cure, Depeche Mode, A Flock of Seagulls, and outerspace itself.
Infusing their flavor of intergalactic dream pop with elements of dark synth-driven disco, and complimented by Fongemie’s sensual vocals, Minneapolis New Wavers Astronomique return with their second and grooviest release: Astronomique EP. The 6-track, 21-minute totally danceable record reveals a funkier and more organic sound, while retaining all the passion and honesty for which Astronomique are renowned.
Receiving high acclaim in national and international music blogs, Astronomique’s 2014 self-released Burning Stars Fade EP saw 3 weeks on CMJ’s RPM chart, peaking at #34. Earning the band a loyal following, radio in-studio appearances, nomination for best new local act, and a headlining slot at the KNDS 96.3 annual music showcase, Astronomique’s debut release was aptly described by Swim Agency as “one of the more successful debut promo campaigns [we’ve] been a part of.”
Hailed by 89.3 The Current as “an impressive introduction to hooky celestial pop-rock that sounds a bit like Ladytron meets dreamy psychedelia meets Carl Sagan,” and by l’etoile Magazine as “something refreshing in a local music scene full of talented, but often similar, musical styles,” Astronomique are working hard to establish themselves as a unique and governing force in not only the local, but the international synthpop scene.
- Alan Welding, Pittsburgh Music Magazine