Astronaut Aardvark Attack was started by two brothers who decided to participate in the RPM Challenge. The album they released Songs for the Escape Pod is a very lo-fi demo quality concept album.
The title song “Songs for the Escape Pod” is the intro of sorts. It’s kind of silly and goofy and impossible to understand what the robot is saying. There is a slightly funky jam that unwraps but I couldn’t understand the lyrics here either.
“Sophrosyne” is the next song. The song has its moments and reminded me of Low by David Bowie. That being said the duo is out of the pocket so consistently it was really hard to step into the hypnotic groove they were attempting to play.
“Weed” is up next. The lyrics are frivolous and come off as goofy. The duo continues with “A Lake Nearby” which is made up of a couple of jangly chords. I wasn’t really sure where the concept was going once I got to “The Launch Codes.” The song is more or less a jam over some spoken word.
There are a couple of highlights on the album. “Skyscraper Windows” was a clear standout. They were tighter on this song at least for most of the song. I also liked the groove and could occasionally make out some lyrics. The guitar part was also pretty wicked. The band has a little more success with “Vaccine.”
My advice for the band would be to not worry about things like the RPM channel and just iron out some of the essentials. Things like staying in the pocket and staying in key aren’t always bad if it’s subtle and used to create a more organic sounding band. In this case it just sounds like a band that needs to tighten up some of the essential skills a musician should have. That of course is just the beginning. You have to have the ability to find the heart of a song, weave various emotions and create a cohesion artistic statement.
I like the ambition and motivation. There are also some notable melodies throughout. I wish them luck as they evolve and hope to hear more
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