“The Last Astronaut” by The Last Astronaut

December 13. 2013 | By Nori Bell-Bhuiyan

TLA-album artwork

The Last Astronaut
The Last Astronaut
[Chill Mega Chill Records]

According to the limited information available on their website, The Last Astronaut consists of two “English-speaking earthlings” who are apparently recording in space and broadcasting their music back to us lowly earth-bound mortals. It’s always fun for bands to create their own intricate backstories, but The Last Astronaut are playing up the obscurity angle so much that they’re next to un-googlable. Even finding their official website took some time. Seriously guys, it’s possible to be elusive and have a web presence.

It’s all forgiven though because the music is certainly backstory-worthy. The self-
titled debut is a laid-back fusion of electro-pop, pop-rock and good old fashion indie rock tunes. There’s a Broken Bells sense to the space-y rock melodies and
the electronic soundscape they’re embedded in. “Automatic Sunshine” has a deceptively cheerful summertime chilled-garage-rock feel for a song with lyrics all about loneliness and abandonment. Things only get better as the album goes on – “Saturday Sinner” is another relaxing guitar-lead melody and “Rich Girls Behaving Poorly” is both clever, playful and full of prime hooks. Closing track “Glorianna” is a perfect combination of the Last Astronaut’s skill in both electronics and production and the fantastic songwriting evident through the whole album.

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