English band, Burning Astronomers, bring you a vibrant collection of sprightly melody and rhythms laden with thought; inspirations cited include, The Beatles, The Stones and Rocktopus…
Wearing their hearts (and influences) on their sleeves, Burning Astronomers mesmerize with their song, ‘Romance in Raincoats’. With spring-time guitars, and a voice of experience and quiet angst, they create a masterpiece that produces strong imagery of love and passion. The metaphorical connotation of the lyrics is beautiful, doubling as a wonderful piece of prose in itself. It’s told like a story, the organs cascading throughout. In fact the title reflects the song and it’s alteration between romantically uplifting strings and organ to a glummer organ and vocals filled with sorrow… It’s cleverly crafted and poetically stunning.
I also really enjoyed their song ‘The Man on the Moon’. The lead’s softly crooning voice is accompanied by guitars which transport you to another dimension. The melody is haunting with the la la las to send a shiver up your spine and the transmission noises creating an eerily psychedelic aura. Then there is the breakdown to whispery vocals, bringing the journey to an abrupt and fitting end. Through the subtlety of changing vocal volume and pitch ever so slightly, Burning Astronomers take you on a musical voyage that leaves you wanting to go again.
‘Kings of England’, available for free download, opens with a sweet harmonica section before diving into anecdote – once again adopting the story-teller approach to lyrics. It’s got a folklore-ish charm with a modern twist: magical foundations and medieval atmospheres; they once again take you through the passages of time and space. And yet it does pay tribute to modern rock’n’roll. It sings its praises to Burning Astronomers’ influences, in the form of commonalities in musical development and style. However their creativity is well noted. The contrast between calm vocals and high-spirited harmonica gives the song a reflective layering, making the speaker seem like an outsider looking in, unfazed by the vibrancy of the harmonica and the story being told. It’s a somewhat playful, somewhat melancholic tune. But anyway, it is the perfect song to listen to in the morning, afternoon, and evening too.