- “…We are just here at a very short, particular moment in the history of the earth; an exciting moment. Maybe everybody finds this time exciting. So that’s a feeling that I constantly have. That’s a feeling of wonder. How did it happen and how do I happen to be here at this time?”
So echoes the voice of 76-year old Dutch Astrophysicist Dr. Lamers amid reverb soaked guitar and collapsing horn lines on the bookend track, Outage, off Astro Tan’s debut Soma. This utterance holds true to Astro Tan’s own visage – the three-piece out of Portland, OR hail from opposing corners of the continent; calling rural Pennsylvania, urban Seattle, and remote Alaska their homes, respectively. Perhaps their trans-continental allows for what is a genre-bending songbook that places foot in no strict stylistic camp. With primary songwriting responsibilities oscillating between Charles Tern and Sam Wegman (bass and guitars) and an exacting drummer in Jed Overly (also a songwriter); their aim is a fresh take on what they call R&A/B – or Rhythm & Americana Blues. Astro Tan is freshly attuned to their creative ambitions; ostensibly due to a mélange of classic and contemporary influences. Soma, the freshman effort from the group, demonstrates a keen affinity for lush R&B, soft-jazz and psychedelia. It holds an aesthetic that Tone Deaf describes as, “spilling with dreamy-psych-twang textures” and Obscure Sound calls, “more stylistically ambitious than they initially let on…”
What Astro Tan strives to convey is that feeling of wonder. The self-produced and recorded group anticipates releasing an extensive catalog of music brushing on americana, psych, R&B, and rock over the next 6 months. All with intention of extracting the most from this very short, particular moment.