Astronomique: Burning Stars Fade EP — From the name down, Astronomique is lost in space. The sounds, the vibe, the metaphors all have the feel 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 80′s 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 there aesthetic. As far as lyrical content goes this song, like the one that preceded it, appears to lament a love that is no longer and does do 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 their 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 song is her to them them now how horribly they went wrong.
Like the rest of the album, ‘The Rawest Nerve’ is emotionally charged. If their destination is beyond our atmosphere, the passion generated in relationships is the 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 your trying to hide”. While spacey, Burning Stars Fade is never lost. It’s honesty and passion allows it to soar…8.7/10