Astrobrite is a shoegaze/dream pop/noise/ambient group who is currently set up in Chicago. The project, with its revolving door of band members, is masterminded by Scott Cortez, who is also the mastermind behind the super-dreamy ambient noise project Lovesliescrushing. For a long time, Cortez was set up in Michigan, then Arizona, then Michigan again. Now he’s in Chicago with a new lineup of contributors. I’ve been a big fan for a long time, with lovesliescrushing going back all the way to 1991. Their debut record bloweyelashwish(1992) absolutely rocked my world back then, and I still enjoy it 23 years later. I’ve written about that before here, and I’ve also written about Astrobrite once before here. Astrobrite started in 1993 as a “side project” to lovesliescrushing. I’ve said before that the line between lovesliescrushing and Astrobrite is really blurry and even indistinguishable. That’s thanks in no small part to the fact that lovesliescrushing vocalist Melissa Arpin-Duimstra was a key part of Astrobrite for a while. Cortez has a different female vocalist now in Sophie Nagelberg, but it’s still difficult to tell what’s lovesliescrushing and what’s Astrobrite.
Whatever. Astrobrite released a new record on April 11, and it’s absolutely amazing.
It takes the right state of mind (relaxed) and the right time of day (late night), but it’s really remarkable. Bright, airy, spacey, warm, comfortable. It’s like your favorite pair of pajamas and a cup of hot chocolate on a snowy winter’s day.
I actually wasted a bit of time before sinking my teeth into the new album. but it’s been on repeat around here for about 24 hours. While the whole album is fantastic, and while it should be listened to from front to back as an album, here’s one of my favorites:
“Tomorrow Forever” by Astrobrite
This may be a little hokey, but I was initially drawn to this song because of the title, which seems like it ought to be a My Bloody Valentine song title. Setting that aside, it’s a magnificent song. Noisy as hell and dreamy at the same time. Just like yesterday’s song of the day, and just like the entire catalogs of lovesliescrushing and Astrobrite, you could put this on at bedtime and have no trouble getting to sleep. It’s just so comforting.
Lots and lots of delay. Vocals buried under their own effects as well as the wash of guitars. Smoke. Fog. Low lights. That’s what this is.
You can and should purchase a download of Deluxer from the Astrobrite bandcamp page here.