Hailing from Merseyside and Shropshire the duo Burning Astronomers have been around a while. Releasing their debut album, The Belmont Larches in 2008 they’ve released a further six albums and EPs since culminating in this years Red Van EP.
So what of them? Well, it’s difficult to find out anything about them, maybe that’s the plan – create an air of mystique that lures you into their music. It certainly works.
Sometimes folky, sometimes poppy, sometimes just downright brilliant. The track Red Van is definitely the latter. An atmospheric downbeat track with nothing but voice and swirling keys. Lyrically it’s incisive and provoking, often heart wrenching it builds slowly but never takes off and their lies it’s pure beauty. Sometimes it’s the emotion that carries a song and not succumbing to the temptation to break away.
Throughout their entire repertoire they’re incredibly well-produced. Each instrument is sharply defined and balanced perfectly. It’s no wonder that BBC Introducing have already latched onto the duo’s talent.
There are hints of many bands, perhaps a little of the Fab Four here and there, perhaps The Verve on occasion. Tracks like Tomorrow Today have their feet firmly fixed in 60s pop and to be honest, it’s no bad thing considering that’s where popular music was ‘invented’.
With a penchant for writing incredibly memorable songs and their publicity slowly increasing, there’s every chance you’ll hear more of them very soon. Music probably needs more acts like Burning Astronomers.
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