Red River Noise presents ‘Shaded Gray’

ASTRONOMIQUE RELEASES NEW SINGLE - 'SHADED GRAY'

Minneapolis-based electro-pop band Astronomique released their new single “Shady Gray.” The single is their most recent off of their current EP, Burning Stars Fade, released in May. It is a perfect example of their self-dubbed, indie sub-genre “space wave,” a poppy take on post-punk or ’80s new wave.

Astronomique is fronted by French visual artist/singer/keyboardist, Logan Andra Fongemie, formerly of the now defunct Minneapolis-based dark-pop band Satellite Voices. Originally a duo composed of Fongemie and guitarist Sean Fogan, the two eventually came together with bassist Luke Parrott and drummer Mitch Billings to form the band you hear today.

Listen to 'Shaded Gray' from Astronomique’s Burning Stars Fade EP below.

- Ian Morales, Red River Noise

Independent Music News Interviews Astronomique

A FUTURISTIC CHAT WITH SPACE WAVE BAND, ASTRONOMIQUE

Minneapolis-based Astronomique were born out of inspiration from the psychedelic artwork of vocalist, Logan Andra Fongemie. After collaborating with seasoned guitarist, Sean Hogan, the pair envisioned a musical sound that would compliment their visual component. Their sensual synthpop has an undeniable space-age vibe to it, and Logan Andra Fongemie’s vocals come across as not quite human – like she is some kind of sexy Star Trek lady or the City Computer from Logan’s Run. The instruments are a beautiful mixture of organic-sounding guitars and not-so-organic-sounding futuristic bleeps. 

Independent Music News sat down with Astronomique to talk with them about their influences, and the conversation took an interesting turn!

IMN: So you have described yourselves as a "Space Wave" act...what does that actually mean? Is space a big influence for you? (it seems to be!)

Logan Andra Fongemie: Well, our music is heavily influenced by both outerspace and early ‘80s New Wave music. We figured we’d just create our own genre that is a combination of the two.  Ha!  But when you think about outerspace, it’s so vast and mysterious… No one knows what’s really out there. New things are always being discovered, while older ‘known’ ideas continue to be disproven. So it’s totally open to the imagination and whatever the creative mind chooses to imprint upon it. It’s like a huge blank canvas where you can build and shape a soundscape to fit what you’ve imagined exists out there in the vastness. So that’s what Astronomique chooses to do.

IMN: What about the name, where is that from?

Logan Andra Fongemie: I wanted to bring my French heritage into Astronomique’s music, and so it seemed fitting to have our band name echo this as well (my family is from Bourgueil, France and Montreal, QC). Sean and I came across our band name in a French picture book from my childhood, where the words ‘lunette astronomique’ were printed beneath an illustration of a telescope.

IMN: If you could only listen to one song for the rest of time, what would it be?

Logan Andra Fongemie: David Bowie’s ‘Ashes to Ashes’. It’s so sooooo good. I can’t get over those amazing synth sounds at the end. And of course, it’s about one of my favorite subjects... 

Sean Hogan: Radiohead’s ‘How To Disappear Completely.’ It’s one of the saddest and most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard, and I still get goose bumps every time I listen to it. It may not be the most upbeat tune to listen to forever, but I love it so much.

Mitch Billings: Weezer’s ‘El Scorcho.’ Weezer is my all time favorite band, and this is my favorite song by them. It's pretty funny and is one of the first songs I figured out on guitar. Actually, just about every Weezer song is fun to drum in my head too. 

IMN: Would you rather have fingers for eyelashes or eyeballs for fingernails?

Logan Andra Fongemie: Eyeballs for fingernails. Then all I’d need is a creepy beak-face and I’d look like Alec Baldwin in Beetlejuice.

Sean Hogan: I suppose I’d rather have fingers for eyelashes because I could easily flip the bird with my eyes.

Mitch Billings: Fingers for eyelashes. I couldn’t stand having to use my eyeballs to touch everything.

IMN: Finally, do you have any good jokes?

Sean Hogan: A guy walks into a bar and takes a seat. Before he can order a beer, the bowl of pretzels in front of him says, "Hey, you're a handsome fellow." The man tries to ignore the bowl of pretzels, and orders a fine Pilsner beer. The bowl of pretzels then says, "Ooooh a pilsner, great choice. You're a smart man." Starting to freak out, the guy says to the bartender, "Hey what the hell, this bowl of pretzels keeps saying nice things to me!" Bartender says, "Don't worry about it, the pretzels are complimentary."

Mitch Billings: It's hard to explain puns to a kleptomaniac because they always take things literally.

Logan Andra Fongemie: This joke was written by my good friend, and accomplished Minneapolis comic, Andrew Cahak:

I think R. Kelly sings about sex so much that you know he must be a virgin. It’s every single song.  He’s like a freshman in highschool who’s desperate to prove something. Talking about how he scored, but you know he’s never even touched a boob. He’s got to be just the most naïve, innocent, pent-up little virgin. On the other hand, I do believe he can fly because he only wrote one song about that.

- Katie Burns, Independent Music News

Violent Success review: 'Burning Stars Fade' EP

ASTRONOMIQUE: 'BURNING STARS FADE' EP

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, Violent Success

Exploding Head Syndrome Review: 'Burning Stars Fade' EP

ASTRONOMIQUE - 'BURNING STARS FADE' EP REVIEW

Like/Love: LOVE

Last week we checked out Pretend We’re Stars, the lead single from space wave enthusiasts Astronomique’s Burning Stars Fade EP. We absolutely loved the track, and very much looked forward to hearing more sounds that sound like they came from other planets and were delivered in the most pleasant, catchiest ways possible.

Pretend We’re Stars gave us a strong first impression, and an idea that the rest of the material on Burning Stars Fade was going to be full of simple catchy drum beats and huge levels of synth-driven instrumentals that would swell and expand into vast atmospheric tunes. The lead single shows off many catchy elements, from the embedded guitar melodies to the sweet sounds of the vocals, and Astronomique certainly continue that trend on the EP. Opening track Shaded Grey sets off the record with an immediate hook that kicks the listener in the stomach and throws all kinds of fuzzy basslines and drumbeats on top of them. It’s a very catchy listen that sits comfortably in the darkness but is not afraid to produce some sweet melodies, and is confident to throw out some pop elements too.

What’s also great about the EP is how Astronomique succeed at making their sound actually seem like it fits the vast unknowing of space. Each of the five tracks featured sound like they have endless opportunities for layers of guitars and bass and vocals to contribute something worthwhile, and there’s many occasions where certain songs continue to expand and provide the listener with additional sounds when it just seemed impossible to expect to more from it. It’s awesome, and it definitely makes returning to Burning Stars Fade a much easier task.

Painting Silhouettes is a fantastic example of the aforementioned gathering of layers, as the song takes on all kinds of different synth and guitar melodies that somehow sink their way into the airwaves without a hint of disruption in the continually smooth flow of the EP. The vocals do a great job of keeping things grounded while the instruments are free to explore all kinds of pockets, producing something that always sounds original yet very accessible.

Burning Stars Fade is a fantastic debut from Astronomique. Not only do these guys introduce themselves to the masses, but also deliver a new sound that hasn’t been heard too much lately -- and it sounds pretty freaking good. Stream the EP below for more music reviews, and (teehee) there’s a naked lady on the cover. Check out Exploding Head Syndrome on Facebook and Twitter.

- Adam Reeve, Exploding Head Syndrome

Exploding Head Syndrome Review: 'pretend we're stars'

ASTRONOMIQUE - 'PRETEND WE'RE STARS' TRACK REVIEW

Like/Love: LOVE 

Pretend We’re Stars is the debut single from Minneapolis’ Astronomique. The four piece perform a mix of dark, broody disco or “space wave” music that digs to the deepest darkest parts of their instruments and finds the best grooves to deliver to our unsuspecting hips.

The debut single is an atmospheric experience with out-of-this-world sounds constantly played in the background alongside some airy synths that perform some insanely catchy beats, while the female vocals also sound airy and also provide a couple extra hooks to sink into the eardrums. Pretend We’re Stars is a very catchy song and one that definitely gets me excited to check out Astronomique’s debut EP Burning Stars Fade. 

Stream Pretend We’re Stars below, and look out for a review of Burning Stars Fade in the very near future. For more music reviews, free downloads and I want to be a bright star that tells you how much I love you. Check out Exploding Head Syndrome on Facebookand Twitter.

- Adam Reeve, Exploding Head Syndrome

Blow Up Radio Features ‘Pretend We’re Stars’

LAZLOW'S DEN PRESENTS: NEW MUSIC 6-3-14

WWW.BLOWUPRADIO.COM (SOUTH AMBOY, NEW JERSEY)

Bob Mould The War - Beauty & Ruin
The Homeless Gospel Choir Some People - I Used To Be So Young
Jamie Scott My Hurricane (acoustic) - My Hurricane
Simone Felice Running Through My Head - Strangers 
Drew Thomson Oxy - Drew Thompson 
Spottiswoode & His Enemies Sweetest Girl - English Dream
Beebs and Her Money Makers Jammin - Wurst Album Ever
Hezron Check - The Life I Live(d)
Astronomique Pretend We're Stars - Burning Stars Fade EP
Dan Wilson I Can Never Stay Mad At You - Love Without Fear
Tori Amos Giant's Rolling Pin - Unrepentant Geraldines
Ace Reporter Year Of The Tiger - St. Vincent Cover
The Lovely Eggs Allergies - Wildlife

radio K Track of the Day: 'pretend we're stars'

TRACK OF THE DAY: 'PRETEND WE'RE STARS'

KUOM 770 AM/100.7 FM (MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA)

Local act Astronomique's track "Pretend We're Stars" sounded fantastic in our studios a week ago, and it sounds just as good on their Burning Stars Fade EP! Listen below as they weave a gorgeous, intergalactic tapestry of sound, and check out a video of them performing the track live in Studio K!

- Radio K

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l'etoile magazine plugs 'burning stars fade' ep release show

WEEKEND WHAT'S WHAT: 5/22 - 5/25

ASTRONOMIQUE ALBUM RELEASE AT CAUSE SPIRITS & SOUND BAR

9 PM doors, 21+, $5

You probably remember Logan Andra Fongemie (nee Baker) as the keyboardist and second vocalist from Knol Tate's perennially underrated Satellite Voices.  Here, she fronts a still-nascent but already quite accomplished dream-pop band that's very much reminiscent of groups like February from back in the day on their first EP, the quite likable Burning Stars Fade.  Their new Burning Stars Fade EP offers a nice advancement of a sound that, at least for a time, was the Minneapolis sound - floaty keyboard textures and guitars that, thankfully, don't just borrow from My Blood Valentine but draw influences from post-punk groups, disco, new wave, and god knows what else.  Another one to keep your eyes on, for sure. 

- Jon Hunt, l'etoile Magazine

Twin Cities Underground features 'burning stars fade' EP

ASTRONOMIQUE

Today on my morning break at work, I came across a new local band called Astronomique in the Gimme Noise section on City Pages' website. Here is the actual article featuring the band. The very second I saw the word synthpop in the beginning of the article quickly got my undivided attention. After reading the article which I thoroughly enjoyed reading, I checked out the sound cloud link on page two. I really liked what I heard so I went over to the band's bandcamp page and listened to their debut EP Burning Stars Fade. I listened to it twice simultaneously which should say how I feel about it. I particularly enjoyed the track "Push Rewind". The music quickly convinced me that I should go to Cause tomorrow night for their album release party. So if you are looking for something to do tomorrow night, Astronomique is performing at Cause. Doors @ 9pm, $5 cover.

- Erica Anderson, Twin Cities Underground

Minneapolis City Pages InterviewS ASTRONOMIQUE

GIMME NOISE: ASTRONOMIQUE - OUR LYRICS ARE MORE HONEST THAN THEY ARE EMO

You've heard synth-pop before, but never like this. The folks in Minneapolis band Astronomique don't take themselves too seriously, and that joviality shows through on their debut EP Burning Stars Fade. The band is comprised of former members of The New Monarchs and Satellite Voices and built an album that contains sounds that suggest humanity and heat, whilst retaining the essential delight of a house party.

Gimme Noise spoke with the band before their album release on Friday at Cause to catch up on Dr. Who and to see how this project compares to their past ones.

Gimme Noise: Obviously Astronomique's music is different from the New Monarchs, but can you explain to me how you feel it's different?

Logan Andra Fongemie: Well, the most obvious difference is that I front the band instead of Sean. Ha! But really, I'd say that the New Monarchs' music is more punch-you-in-the-face electro rock with an emo edge, while Astronomique writes more chill, dancier synth-pop with a darker/sensual vibe. And I feel like Astronomique's lyrics are more honest than they are emo.

For this band, we started with an idea, and then wrote music to fit that idea. We wanted to create a sound that would emulate the psychedelic/1960s space age-inspired drawings and paintings I make, and also embrace my French heritage in some way. So this sound was going to be spacey, synth-driven, and sensual with a French vibe. We wanted it to sound dark and ethereal at the same time, and be something you can move to. We came by our band name in a French picture book from my childhood, where an illustration of a telescope was labeled with the words "lunette astronomique."

Sean Hogan: As Logan mentioned, having a female vocalist is a significant difference between Astronomique and the New Monarchs, as well as having a full band (live drums and bass) rather than a two-piece electro setup. Astronomique is more grounded in an idea/theme, while the New Monarchs were playing together for so long (eight years) that our writing style and approach to music changed with the times. There was never any central theme or style.

Gimme Noise: How do you think all of your other projects have influenced this new band?

Logan Andra Fongemie: My most recent other project was playing synth in Knol Tate's band, Satellite Voices. Through this role, I learned to build and shape synth lines in a piece of music, kind of like adding layers of paint to a canvas. Writing and performing with Satellite Voices was actually my intro to synthpop, since I was a pianist/vocalist prior to that project. I found that making the switch from piano to synthesizers really opened up a whole world of creativity, and I wanted to start a project that was built around intricately crafted synth parts artistically arranged in a piece -- so Astronomique is that project. I play two Dave Smith Instruments synthesizers, a Prophet '08 and a Poly Evolver.

Sean Hogan: Years of guitar playing has steered me in different directions sonically, and I feel like on this EP, you are finally hearing me for the first time. It's been refreshing to collaborate with someone new, and Logan and I approach song writing differently than previous groups I've been a part of.

We also bring out the best in each other, in that our strong suits seem to compliment each other. Since I'm not fronting Astronomique, it was initially a huge change to not be writing lyrics and vocal melodies. However, I am now able to put all of my energy into writing the song structure and guitar parts, which is cool.

Gimme Noise: Why only an EP right now? Do you have other things in the works?

Logan Andra Fongemie: We're a brand new band, and were still in the process of figuring out our sound while writing and recording these songs. We thought that at this point, an EP would probably sound more cohesive than an LP. It also took us a year to write and record this record, so if we were aiming for a full-length, we'd probably still be working on it. Ha! We have been starting to write some new material, which we'll be taking to back to the studio at Signaturetone after our release show. It will likely turn into another EP.

Sean Hogan: Burning Stars Fade is a great introduction to our sound, and the songs were all written within the same time frame. It made the most sense to have it be our first release. At this point, we plan to stick to the EP route, as well as releasing singles, B-Sides, and remixes available for digital download. Sloslylove, who will be performing at our release show in between bands, just completed a remix of "Pretend We're Stars," which sounds amazing.

Mitch Billings: We wrote and recorded this record before we ever practiced anything just by passing stuff back and forth. The songs we wrote work well together and putting these five on the EP just made sense. We actually didn't have our first official practice until after the record was finished -- so we did things a little backwards.

Gimme Noise: For this project, was the writing collaborative or did everyone bring in their own ideas?

Sean Hogan: Initially, Logan and I wrote all of the songs on our own and had intended on just being an electronic duo. When we completed our demos and brought them to the studio, we decided they needed something more. At that point we recruited Mitch and Luke, who then brought their own style and talent to the project.

Logan Andra Fongemie: Now each song typically begins with Sean and I collaboratively writing/recording a skeleton of a demo, usually on a drum machine and keyboards. Then I will add a vocal melody and lyrics, and send the demo to our other band members so they can write their parts. Each person writes their own parts, although we all provide input and feedback to each other.

Mitch Billings: Logan and Sean wrote a rough version of everything to start. They would send it to me and I would get a drum part ready. After that, we'd head to the studio. It was an interesting way to do things because each of us comes from a slightly different musical background. What came out sounds exactly like what we wanted, but there is also a hint of our own individual taste throughout the EP.  

Gimme Noise: Can you tell me the story behind "Pretend We're Stars"? Where did it originate from?

Logan Andra Fongemie: This song's lyrics are a reflection of my take on what the world has shown me to date. I'm a Masters educated nurse, and the majority of places I've worked and situations I've found myself in have really showed me the nasty side of society and human nature.

However, I've traveled a lot in my life and have also been in some really beautiful places. I feel like I've experienced both ends of the spectrum, so when I wrote the lyrics for "Pretend We're Stars," I wanted them to echo this duality. The song acknowledges the futility of someone who works hard, but feels like what they do goes under the radar (a sentiment I'm familiar with, due in part to my career path). But the lyrics also emphasize the ease and luxury of bringing yourself into a better state, just through imagining, forgetting about daily life for a bit, and living in the moment with things that actually matter -- like your feelings for someone.

Gimme Noise: Any favorite tracks off of this album?

Logan Andra Fongemie: "Pretend We're Stars" is probably my favorite track, in terms of both music and lyrics. It's our most upbeat sounding song, and has the fastest tempo on the record. It's an energetic song, and it's fun to perform. I had been watching a lot of Doctor Who at the time I wrote this song, so there's actually a Doctor Who synth line buried in the final chorus. Ha!

My other favorite track is "Painting Silhouettes." This song gave us the opportunity to explore a more haunting and dynamic facet of our sound. The lyrics are an emotional equivalent of me stripped down and naked, standing in front of everyone, but they served as an outlet to rid myself of some negative emotions still hanging on from a past relationship.

Sean Hogan: If I had to pick, I would say it's a tie between "Shaded Gray" and "Push Rewind." "Shaded Gray" is a favorite track of mine because it was the first song that Logan and I worked on. When we completed the demo we both knew we were on to something cool, and everything we've worked on since has had that same feeling. "Push Rewind" is my other favorite track because I love the guitar parts I wrote for this song. Adam Tucker (Signaturetone Recording) and I spent a lot of time in the studio finding the right amp and tone, and what we ended up with sounds totally awesome.

Mitch Billings: My personal favorite is "Painting Silhouettes." I come from more of a rock background, and on this song, I really get to hit hard and play loud. I love the more technical aspects of the rest of our songs, but I'm happy we have one where I get to let loose a bit.

Gimme Noise: What can we expect to see at the album release show?

Logan Andra Fongemie: We produce a big sound live, with rich textures of synths, rhythmic guitar and dreamy vocals. Bass and drums drive the heart of our music, and I'm an energetic singer and keyboard player. We generally set a dark and sensual mood, with a good groove. I draw and/or paint an original poster for every show we play, so you can expect to see a limited number of these given away for free. We will also be playing alongside some other killer musicians at this show. Sloslylove writes this awesome synth/sample-based chillwave that sounds like it's inspired by 1980s movie soundtracks. He did this rad, trancey remix of "Pretend We're Stars."

Dan Mariska and The Boys Choir will be opening the night with their solid down-tempo alt rock, which is fronted by Dan's expressive vocals. They generally rock the sh*t out of any room they play. And Bollywood will be closing with their grungy, psychedelic art rock. Awesome trippy visuals projected on stacks of old tube TVs will be part of their performance.

Mitch Billings: It's a great, eclectic line-up. There should be something for everyone. Logan makes great artwork, and we'll have a show poster available along with the EP.

Astronomique will release Burning Stars Fade at Cause on Friday, May 23, 2014 with Sloslylove, Dan Mariska and the Boys Choir, and Bollywood.
21+, $5, 9 pm
 

- Youa Vang, Gimme Noise (Minneapolis City Pages)

 

 

 

NEW release! 'Burning Stars Fade' EP

'BURNING STARS FADE' EP (21:10)

After ranking #16 on CMJ's Top 200 Adds chart, as well as #3 on the RPM Adds chart, Astronomique's Burning Stars Fade EP spent 3 weeks on the CMJ Top 40 RPM Chart, peaking at #34.

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Tracks:

1.     Shaded Gray (4:05) **

2.     Push Rewind (4:07)

3.     Pretend We’re Stars (3:16) **

4.     Painting Silhouettes (5:02)

5.     The Rawest Nerve (4:40)

  ** Recommended single

Produced, recorded, and mastered by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Recording

Logan Andra Fongemie: Lead vocals, synth, lyrics, artwork
Sean Hogan: Guitar, vocals
Mitch Billings: Drums
Adam Tucker: Bass (Tracks 1,2,4,5) 
Luke Parrott: Bass (Track 3) 

Available on iTunes, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and Spotify.

Local Current Blog features 'Burning Stars Fade' EP

MUJA MESSIAH, WAREHOUSE EYES, ASTRONOMIQUE, KOUGAR, RYAN TRASTER: MINNESOTA RECORD RELEASES THIS WEEK

ASTRONOMIQUE: 'BURNING STARS FADE' EP

A self-described “Space Wave” act with points of reference coming from France, the future, and fine art, Astronomique present Burning Stars Fade, an interstellar six-song EP, out today. Astronomique is fronted by Renaissance woman Logan Andra Fongemie, whose Space-Age-a-la-1960s drawings partly inspired the record, and whose vocal range is stretched to the cosmos over hooky, celestial pop-rock.  Burning Stars Fade is an impressive introduction to Astronomique that sounds a bit like Ladytron meets dreamy psychedelia meets Carl Sagan.

Astronomique will celebrate the release of Burning Stars Fade with a release show at Cause Spirits and Soundbar, Friday, May 23, with performances by Bollywood and Dan Mariska & the Boys Choir, and a DJ set by SloSlyLove.

- KT Lindemann, Local Current Blog

Killer Ponytail Premiere: ‘Pretend We’re Stars'

PREMIERE: ASTRONOMIQUE - 'PRETEND WE'RE STARS'

Minneapolis based space-wave outfit Astronomique are no strangers to the concept of musical exploration. They have been wowing crowds with their unique brand of intergalactic pop for a while, and they’re now all set to release their debut single ‘Pretend We’re Stars’ and we’re very proud and excited to premiere the track right here!

Astronomique began life as the musical project of US-based French artist Logan Andra Fongemie as a way of adding a sonic element to her cosmic visual art works. She soon found a kindred spirit in seasoned guitarist Sean Hogan and before long, a full time rhythm section was found and Astronomique was fully realized.

‘Pretend We’re Stars’, taken from the band’s EP Burning Stars Fade, is a whirlwind of psychedelic synths, propulsive beats and Fongemie’s sci-fi infused lyrics delivered with gloriously bubblegum-pop sassiness, all of which is wrapped around a viciously catchy pop hook. It’s the perfect soundtrack to a sultry summer night under a clear night sky.

Burning Stars Fade EP is released on 20 May. Listen to ‘Pretend We’re Stars’ below and head over to the Astronomique bandcamp page to get your hands on the tracks.

- Killer Ponytail

In-Studio performance at Radio K

ASTRONOMIQUE - PERFORNING 'PRETEND WE'RE STARS'

KUOM 770 AM/100.7 FM (MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA)

Astronomique is a band from outer-space*. Described, somewhat aptly, as "space-wave" and "spacy dance music," I'm inclined to describe them as bubblegum darkwave in all the best of ways. This is what I want synthpop to sound like. Fronted by Logan Andra Fongemie (Satellite Voices) on vocals/keys and Sean Hogan (The New Monarchs) on guitar, Astronomique is making infectious, totally danceable electro-psych pop. Their debut EP, Burning Stars Fade, was released May 20th.  Fongemie is a talented visual artist and Astronomique is an effective extension of her psychedelic, 1960s space-age inspired art. Make sure to check out "Pretend We're Stars" remixed by local producer Sloslylove

Astronomique's album release show is this Friday, May 23rd at Cause Spirits and Soundbar with BollywoodDan Mariska & The Boys Choir,  and DJ sets from Sloslylove.  9pm, 21+

- Radio K

*Not actually from outer-space

l'etoile Magazine Review: 'Burning Stars Fade' EP

THIS MONTH'S TOP 3 RECORD RELEASES

ASTRONOMIQUE - 'BURNING STARS FADE' EP

You probably remember Logan Andra Fongemie (nee Baker) as the keyboardist and second vocalist from Knol Tate’s perennially underrated Satellite Voices. Here, she fronts a still-nascent but already quite accomplished dream-pop band that’s very much reminiscent of groups like February from back in the day on their first EP, the quite likable Burning Stars Fade. Groups like this rise and fall on their sonics, and they’ve definitely got something to offer — floaty keyboard textures, for one, which is always a cool thing, and guitars that, thankfully, don’t just borrow from My Bloody Valentine but draw influences from post-punk groups (U2 and Echo and the Bunnymen, mostly, I’ll bet, but a little bit of late-’80s goth, too, maybe accidentally), disco, New Wave and god knows what else. In other words, this is a nice advancement of a sound that, at least for a time, was the Minneapolis sound and is easy to, you know, just steal from, which this doesn’t, if that makes sense.

I like the tunes on offer so far, especially the nicely driving “Pretend We’re Stars,” which boasts a nice post-punk vibe and plenty of pop energy, plus a pretty nifty melody and a hook that jumps into overdrive, and “Painting Silhouettes” which has a cool and quite surprising half-time-groove shift for the hook that adds tons of power to a moody groove. The only real weakness here is that the production is a little bit flat–Fongemie’s quite damn lovely voice often sounds way out front and not bathed in the kind of echo or delay that would give this stuff a neatly psychedelic blanketing, and there are times that the instruments just kind of lie there in the mix rather than leap out dynamically. I’d love to see them get with a local producer (an Ed Ackerson or Ev Olcott, say) who would know how to whip them into a kind of trippy froth that would give this stuff the thickness it really deserves/desires. But that’s all minor quibbles–there is tons of promise, here, for sure, and I’m really interested to hear how far they’ve progressed after a year or two of live shows and a bunch more recording. Another one to keep your eyes on, for sure.

- Jon Hunt, l'toile Magazine

debut release! 'Pretend We’re Stars' (single)

PRETEND WE'RE STARS (8:05)

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Tracks:

1.     Pretend We’re Stars (3:16)

2.     Pretend We’re Stars - SloSlyLove Remaxx (4:49)

Track 1: Produced, recorded, and mastered by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Recording

Logan Andra Fongemie: Lead vocals, synth lyrics, artwork
Sean Hogan: Guitar, vocals
Mitch Billings: Drums
Adam Tucker: Bass guitar

Available on iTunesBandcampSoundcloud, and Spotify.

Perfect Porridge presents ASTRONOMIQUE

UPCOMING EP RELEASE FROM MINNEAPOLIS BAND, ASTRONOMIQUE

Astronomique is a dancey synthpop collaboration between former Satellite Voices' keyboardist, Logan Andra Fongemie, and The New Monarchs' guitarist, Sean Hogan, and backed by electronic and acoustic drums.  The four-piece has a debut EP, Burning Stars Fade, slated for release in May with a gig at Cause.

The group is actually playing at Cause tonight.  So if you're reading this, you're late.  Get going!

- Greg Swan, Perfect Porridge