Astronautica - Death Valley (CD)
"The desert is a recurring theme in a lot of my music and art. Something about it – the contrast of what looks like desolation to the naked eye to the vibrancy that one sees upon looking closer, the silence that allows you to hear the faint sounds in the air, the formations that are colors you've never even heard of before, and night sky that serves as a backdrop for every star in our galaxy – are all elements that I wanted to echo in Death Valley. I wanted to create an album that people could listen to while they cruise through their desert, wherever or whatever that may be for them." - Astronautica
Astronautica is back with new music this year, scheduled to release Death Valley with Alpha Pup Records on digital and physical formats, August 24, 2018. Death Valley is the singer-songwriter's much anticipated follow-up to the critically acclaimed album, Gemini, and the recent Gemini Remixes EP. Written and recorded over the last three years, Astronautica captured Death Valley at her home studio in Los Angeles. This was completed around her Ace Hotel residency, festival dates through the States, a mini-tour up the West Coast, and a month-long stint with Low End Theory. Like her past works, the new record captures the eclectic nature of LA's experimental electronic scene and the connections tethered into various cultures around the globe.
Primary instrumentation utilized across Death Valley consists of guitar, Push, Launchkey, and Ultra Nova, with a template drawn from radiant harmonies, experimental overtones, Latin rhythms, and dance floor grooves. Astronautica's vocals trace through the music with an airy veil, spinning out ghost like tones that shimmer through the music with an elusiveness. The feeling of adventure and mysticism is rooted into Death Valley that's unlike anything she's created before.
Conceptually, Astronautica reimagined herself in various places of travel through the songwriting process, recreating the original vibes of each setting like a painter contextualizing the most impactful visions they've experienced. This approach takes the listener through their own journeys while giving latitude to provide a window into the essence of her own pathway. This duality of self-reflection and the outward extension to the listener makes this as personal of an album for Astronautica as much as it's a universal representative of humanities complex variations. "A lot of the inspiration for my music stems from traveling to places that I've never been to before or places I continually go back to, and the feelings they evoke in me upon going there," states Astronautica. "I think with Death Valley, it truly is both an inward reflection as well as an extroverted sentiment. The vastness of the desert has always given me this feeling of awe, and Death Valley is my effort to capture that."
Rays of warmth shine through the skies of Death Valley with the enveloping, third-eye intro “Sunrise.” Open-hearted “Reasons” wanders the desert wilderness in search of spiritual awakening. Bliss out on an unexplored island with “Racetracks,” a tonic lounge carved from indigenous beats and body-moving bass. Prismatic brightness bubbles up in “I’ve Never Been,” and “Can’t Remember” swirls around a memory glitch. Fireflies float through “California Roll,” a colorful sunset of a song that churns into a twilight vibe. Imbued with a surreal sense of freedom, “Mahogany” is a tropical vacation: palm trees in the breeze, foamy ocean swells, beach bonfires under the stars. “You Should” roams over swift-footed curves and “Sunset” follows the road into a dust-faded dreamland. Vast, expanding, and always exploring, Death Valley transcends into a sacred space. It is that fleeting, glowing moment when everything feels okay.
Astronautica has released music with Alpha Pup Records for five years, dropping her debut-full length Replay Last Night in 2013, and following up with the 2014's Waikiki EP and 2015's Gemini LP. Death Valley continues her fruitful journey as one of LA's most prominent and respected voices in the underground and finds the rising artist creating her best work to date. An accompanied merchandise line will launch with the release of Death Valley, along with a handful of tour dates around the US in support.