Funkadelic Astronaut: Magrathea [Review]
Funkadelic Astronaut is a jamtronica trio from northern New Jersey. With influences ranging from the Disco Biscuits and the New Deal to various styles of rock and electronic music, they have a smooth style that is easy to listen to. They've been playing more and more shows in the tristate area along with festival slots this summer. They released their debut EP Magrathea this year and it gives listeners a solid view into their style and sound.
'Cobblestone' and 'Void' remind of The Red Hot Chili Peppers besides the keys that are sprinkled behind the vocals. 'Remind Me' is reminiscent to 90's synth pop in a good way - it's definitely an ear worm and could get caught in people's minds easily. The songs are simple and catchy, accessible to people that aren't necessarily into jam bands. 'What to Do' is more funky and is heavily lead by the keyboard player. The drummer keeps a steady swing as the bass stays in the pocket. The title track 'Magrathea' is a little darker and probably resonates best in a live setting. I can see them stretching it out into the deep waters of improvisation.
I've yet to see the live but I'm told that their live show is where they shine. They're big into stretching out their compositions with exploratory improvisation. If you haven't seen them live yet, you should definitely give their EP a listen. You can find their upcoming shows on their Facebook and Bandcamp. You'll definitely be hearing from Funkadelic Astronaut soon.