Astronaut Troy is an 18-year-old artist from Tallahassee, Florida. His track “Ghost” was featured on our mix A Long Strange Trip in February, but his work warrants its own write-up. Troy reminds me of an MTV1987-era Kevin Abstract with his fearless execution of high-concept art, driven by a DIY mindset and an abundance of emotions. While so many internet artists seek a comfortable numb behind barred out raps and heavy use of autotune, artists like Troy and Kevin (and ‘Ye and Cudi, for that matter) set themselves apart with their embrace of raw, unfiltered emotions and their acceptance of the imperfections that come with being human. Astronaut Troy is out here teaching himself how to play guitar and piano, producing emo ballads, and challenging the idea of the modern rockstar. These moves can only be lauded, and the work he is doing now will undoubtedly help him achieve his dreams in the long run.
I am a month into my final semester of university. Obviously, this is a very reflective couple of months in my life, but like my peers I am also looking forward, trying to attain a job, stability, and some sense of control over my own personal roaring ’20s. My path in particular is unclear, as if I am climbing a mountain where the fog is not clearing from the top. This mix is about holding onto youth, facing doubt about the future, and persevering through the challenges of transition.
P.S. The next Tape Tuesday will be the 50th and final Tape Tuesday I produce for Sunset. Thank you to all the people who have listened over the years. Hopefully, the change will allow me to explore other avenues of music coverage for this site.
Tell me when to stop, tell me when to stop feelin’ for you / Tell me when to flop, tell me when to flop so I can make you feel better