New Music: Astronauts, etc. – Fuss

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Oakland-based artist Anthony Ferraro, better known as Astronauts, etc. unleashes his new single Fuss off the upcoming EP Sadie, which is due out in September on Hit City USA.

A dreamy blend of psych-pop, hip-hop beats and James Blake-esque vocals, Fuss transports you to a place that feels entirely different yet comfortably familiar all at once. And it’s the perfect song for a lazy Wednesday afternoon, a rainy Friday night or a chillout Sunday evening. The song is visceral and dreamy with a hint of romantic sentimentalism. And with the combination of so many phonic elements, it’s hard to fathom that it’s the work of one man and his one laptop.

The song is steeped in R&B feels, the deep bass and trombone fills makes me think that the song could quite easily be played by a much bigger band. Which is what makes it remarkable I suppose. I will admit I much prefer full band set-ups to solo-acts, but Fuss manages to, at least musically, dupe me into thinking that there is a full band set-up playing, which is in no way a bad thing.

My final year of university starts in five days time, and as I listen to this song and write this review it seems almost too appropriate. One line resonates throughout the song and throughout me: ‘What will I fuss about now?”


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Words by Desmond Chan.