Astronomyy finished 2013 with a perfect record. After following up his phenomenal debut track “Don’t Need U” with two singles that only improved on his lush guitar-heavy r&b style, he was 3 for 3. We couldn’t wait to see what he had planned for 2014 — only to see him disappear for the next nine months. I mean, he kept posting really pretty pictures on his instagram account and let us know he was recording an EP at legendary Abbey Road Studios, but his Soundcloud page stayed frustratingly silent. Until now.
Is it safe to say he’s 4 for 4?
I’m at a busy downtown coffee shop right now, surrounded by a bunch of important looking stressed-out old people. I’ve been trying to fit in and pretend like I’m checking stocks and managing my mortgage portfolio (that’s a thing right?) but I’ve really just been refreshing Soundcloud hoping cool new music shows up. Well, I just came across this new song from As†ronomyy and I think my cover’s blown. Less than a minute in, his signature brand of electric guitar-infused atmospheric r&b took over my headphones and now I have the same expression on my face as the adorable owl in that one youtube video. This is so good. He’s 3 for 3.
Mysterious newcomer as†ronomyy didn’t waste any time to follow up his exceptional debut “Don’t Need U”. Less than three weeks after taking over the blogoshpere (and landing on our Best of June list) he returns with another excellent spacey R&B-infused cut, earning himself a spot as one of our favorite new artists.
The man we know simply as “Arron” (according to his Twitter page anyway) told The Line of Best Fit that this song was written and recorded entirely between July 2nd and July 9th, “so it’s as new to me as it is to the world. I’m keeping it fresh for now. It’s an escapism song, which is why it sounds a little dreamy and otherworldly.” That’s impressive. He could’ve easily sat back and watched the Twitter followers / Soundcloud plays pile up after his first song caught fire, but he jumped right back in the studio and proved he has the drive and determination to match his ridiculous talent. Sounds like a pretty decent recipe for success to me. Light a candle (or engage in a variety of other romantic activities) and listen to the ultra-smooth “Things I’d Do For U” below.
The whole “lonely space-obsessed musician” thing isn’t exactly the most rare commodity in 2013. After Kid Cudi referred to himself as the man on the moon and wrote songs about being a lonely stoner over dark/atmospheric instrumentals, a steady stream of similar bedroom recording artists have tried to ride that wave. It’s actually come to the point where my gut reaction to seeing anyone with a space-themed aesthetic and loner vibe is: “We get it. You had problems with a girl, went home, and smoked way too much weed. Then you looked out at the stars and opened up your laptop to make what you thought was deep and emotional music — but was actually just a depressing amateur version of everything we’ve already heard.”
Then I listened to this demo from newcomer as†ronomyy. Sure, his website features galactic imagery, he promises sounds of “space guitar”, and his only song is called “Don’t Need U” — but this is one you shouldn’t overlook. Over nearly six sprawling minutes of warm guitars, hip-hop inspired drums, and beautifully composed vocals, this guy demonstrates a sense of musicianship that separates him from the majority of his forgettable peers. The fact that this is just a rough demo made in a home studio blows my mind. Keep an eye on this guy. Anyway, listen below and make sure to stick around for the guitar solo at 3:10 (or if you’ve convinced yourself your life is too busy to wait — just skip ahead to it. It’s that good).