astronauts, etc. – “the border”

– featured image courtesy of brendan nakahara – 

it’s been about three years since anthony ferraro released the excellent astronauts, etc. album mind out wandering, a ten-track collection that paired the bay area musician’s penchant for sharp pop songwriting with psychedelic meanderings.  later this summer, ferraro will return with a follow-up full-length, living in symbol.

co-produced by toro y moi’s chaz bear, living in symbol appears to fully embrace those swirling polychromatic tendencies of its predecessor.  lead single “the border” is awash in eerie strings and soft acoustic guitar strums that ease into the syncopated bass and drum groove as ferraro’s sonorous lead vocal floats by.  it’s a careful and methodical track, one that hints at a further refinement of ferraro’s already-robust songwriting with a tinge of deepened introspection.

living in symbol arrives july 27th via bear’s company records.  watch the spaced-out music video for “the border” below.

listen to a new song from toro y moi

toro y moi
photo courtesy of andrew paynter

chaz bundick does not sit still, as evidenced by his prolific output the past five years as toro y moi and les sins.  bundick released his latest toro y moi effort, what for?, earlier this spring and has taken to sharing outtakes and unheard tracks from those sessions as of late; the most recent is “that instead of this,” a ninety-second fidgety, nocturnal instrumental that’s best experienced on infinite loop.  take a listen below.

listen to a new song from astronauts, etc.

astronauts, etc.
photo courtesy of gari askew

anthony ferraro has been quietly releasing some of our favorite songs this year with his band astronauts, etc.  the oakland outfit is responsible for the dreamy “no justice” and the swirling, yearning “i know,” and now they’ve returned with their most pop-oriented offering yet, “eye to eye.”  the song is centered around structural simplicity, sanding the instrumentation down to its original, essential surface and putting that raw beauty on a pedestal: a recurring guitar line supplements the song’s repetitive drum beat while playing foil to the placid synth chords blocked out underneath ferraro’s mild-mannered falsetto, allowing the narrative to ebb and flow like the lazy summer tides it evokes.  “eye to eye” is the third single pulled from the band’s debut full length, mind out wandering, due september 18th.  take a listen to the track below.

listen to a new song from astronauts, etc.

astronauts, etc.
photo courtesy of gari askew

anthony ferraro helms the oakland-based project astronauts, etc., the contemplative outfit responsible for the plaintive cut “i know” from earlier this year.  ferraro and his band have a full-length due out sometime this fall, and they recently shared a second single called “no justice.”  the song’s minimal sonic palate is ideal for ferraro’s falsetto in this setting, paring down to the bare essentials to give his poignant hooks and earnest verses the space they need to resonate.  take a listen to “no justice” below.

listen to a new song from astronauts, etc.

photo courtesy of cara robbins

when anthony ferraro isn’t touring with chaz bundick in toro y moi, he’s writing music under his own moniker of astronauts, etc.  the oakland-based musician is prepping a new collection of songs and today teased “i know,” a swirling single tinged with psychedelic keyboard jabs and ferraro’s breezy, soothing falsetto.  take a listen to the track below.

stream and download the new kid trails ep

kid trailspatrick jeffords routinely finds himself playing bass guitar and looking cool in both toro y moi and painted palms, but over the past few years jeffords has also been sporadically releasing music of his own under the moniker kid trails.  his latest effort is an ep entitled out here, a decidedly complete offering in comparison to his various mixtape appearances.  while jeffords supports lush, exquisitely-produced acts in a live setting, his own work in the studio is comparatively raw.  besides enlisting the help of fellow toro y moi bandmate andy woodward to play drums and mix the ep, jeffords handles all of the chores on out here, from the squealing synths and bouncing bass lines on “along” to the poppy guitar work on “care to.”  stream and download out here below, courtesy of kid trails’ bandcamp page.