New Video: The Breezy Yet Mournful Psychedelia of Astronauts etc.’s “I Know”

When we look back at our own lives, it can seem that there was only one path we were meant to go but in reality, there were often countless paths, in which any number of decisions could have altered how our lives went. In the case of Anthony Ferraro, the founding member and creative mastermind behind Astronauts, etc., if it wasn’t for a debilitating case of arthritis in his hands that was originally diagnosed while Ferraro was a child, and began affecting him while studying music at the University of California, Berkley, he may have continued the path that would have led him towards a career as a classically-trained musician. Unable to play etudes or concertos with the vigor and accuracy required, he dropped out of school and began searching for a new focus.

Shortly, Ferraro began recording material in his bedroom under the moniker of Astronauts, etc., a name that’s playfully derived from his long-held reputation among his friends for being something of a space cadet, as his mind would frequently wander. But it also reportedly, is derived from Ferraro’s creative approach which draws from his own creative process which draws deep from the thoughts, sensations and feelings from his psyche and id.  And with the 2012 release of his first two singles “Mystery Colors” and “Coldboy” followed by his debut EP, Sadie, Ferraro began receiving attention across the blogosphere.

Ferraro’s forthcoming full-length debut Mind Out Wandering reflects a change in approach as he recruited a collection of jazz musicians, including Scott Brown (bass), Derek Barber (guitar), Aaron Gold (drums), and Doug Stuart (keys, vocals) to flesh out the material and its sound while Ferraro takes up piano, Rhodes and vocal duties.

In press notes, Ferraro describes Mind Out Wandering‘s material as a soulful set of surrealist pop that thematically focuses on a year in which he fell in love and desperately attempted to keep his mind in one piece. Certainly, that’s a difficult thing to do in the world we live in, and adding falling in love makes it that much more difficult. He goes on to explain that lyrically, he aimed to render his experience through an abstract lens, which naturally makes the personal a lot less recognizable — and quite a bit stranger.

Mind Out Wandering‘s first single, “I Know” draws from 70s AM rock, psych rock, shoegaze, jazz fusion and indie rock simultaneously — in some way sounding as though it was the effort that MGMT should have made instead of the underwhelming and disappointing Congratulations, but while managing to be deeply mournful yet breezy. On a certain level, it’s as though the song is suggesting as sad as things can often be, they too will pass.

Hit City, USA will be releasing the album on September 18, and Ferraro and company will be embarking on a lengthy tour with Toro Y Moi throughout the fall. Tour dates below.

Tour Dates:

09.19.15 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
09.21.15 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
09.24.15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City
09.25.15 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
09.26.15 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
09.27.15 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
09.28.15 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
09.29.15 – Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
09.30.15 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
10.01.15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.02.15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10.03.15 – Richmond, VA @ The National
10.04.15 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head
10.06.15 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
10.07.15 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theater
10.08.15 – Jacksonville, FL @ Free Bird Live
10.09.15 – Tampa, FL @ State Theatre
10.12.15 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
10.13.15 – New Orleans, LA @ Republic
10.14.15 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
10.15.15 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
10.16.15 – St. Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
10.17.15 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
10.18.15 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
10.19.15 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
10.21.15 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
10.22.15 – Albquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
10.23.15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom