Skope Magazine Review: 'sharp divide' lp


Can music have the potential to make the mind float in the stars?

Can music alone provoke a mind to experience a long odyssey between sound, resonance, and sonic waves, to find the true elements of a fine melody?

Well, if you listen to Astronomique’s latest music album, Sharp Divide, you will definitely lose control over your mind and get lost in the sound, vibes, melody, and the general splendor the album creates. Like the name, Astronomique creates a celestial vibe through the sound and mood of this album. The music is a collection of dark romanticism and '80s post-punk that the crew of Astronomique has created with their skillful music-craftsmanship. A wave of tremendous energy and the intense vibe runs through the songs of Sharp Divide, arousing one's senses and provoking the mind of the listener to experience a journey from this world to another unknown land - one that is dominated by the power of music and sound.

In Sharp Divide, the indie-rock band, Astronomique, has created an infectious sound with mind-blowing dance beats, electrifying yet silky guitar notes, psychotropic waves of synth, and compelling yet mesmeric vocals. Sharp Divide is a collection of ten infectious and psychedelic soundtracks that will play for 36 minutes, while kindling the mind and soul with sparks of fantastic dreamy pop. The sound and melodies resonate a bold feeling among the audience, almost as if they are in the middle of a house party. While the titles of these ten tracks are no surprise, what they envelop is most awe-inspiring, leaving the audience jaw-dropped.

Besides composing spell-binding melodies, Astronomique has shown their talent for weaving hypnotic and beautiful lyrics about human life and its exploration of love, peeling off layer after layer. While Astronomique has chosen love, romanticism, and the journey of life as the theme of Sharp Divide, they have selected a wonderful backdrop to set the theme. It is the proportioned mixture of the '60s freaky hallucinogenic vibes with a slight twist of '80s romantic songs. And the lyrical potion holds no such complications that the audience cannot interpret. The lyrics of these ten songs, in fact, convey the raw and intimate passion of the human heart in a polished manner, one that anyone can relate to.

Of all the tracks found on the new record, Astronomique released ”Losing Our Control” first - probably to provide the audience a hint of what will be served on the platter of Sharp Divide. With a unique sound and texture, this song evokes a '60s vibe, keeping the contemporary mood intact. The song plays out with subtlety and a deeply-buried intense emotion within it. The charming vocals, persuading sound and melody, proportionately used instrumentals, captivating lyrics, etc., together make this track a compelling one.

Astronomique knows the secret recipe of how to make their sound enthralling and swaying at once, sweeping the audience off their feet. Sharp Divide is bringing forth a combination of emotional and sentimental rawness, as well as human experience in dealing with these feelings,  encapsulated in the music craftsmanship and melodic excellence of Astronomique.

9.5/10 Stars

– Leslie Smith, Skope Magazine