Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this morning’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on Astronauts of Antiquity, a Los Angeles based outfit that defines their music as “urban electro-pop.” Their latest single, a tune that was released in October, is ‘Future Back,’ a song that incorporates a slick combination of electronic production and pop infectiousness without being cliche in either regard. Let’s delve into the track to determine why it’s a track worth including in your indie music collection!
Astronauts of Antiquity is fronted by a female vocalist, a woman who goes simply by ‘India.’ Her presence is absolutely captivating, and she commands the listener’s attention with her tactful delivery and inherent rawness. In fact, that’s part of what Astronauts of Antiquity so interesting to listen to: their frontwoman has a very authentic sound that’s accented remarkably well by the superbly produced electronic landscape around her.
‘Future Back’ is intricately tied to its music video, I’d argue, which can be watched above. Two lovable robots flee the forces of evil, all of which seem to be man-made in a world dealing with some sort of fallout after societal chaos. There’s an innocence to the two robots, however, even when they’re being driven down by a Blade Runner-esque hitman.
There are a variety of ways the track could be interpreted, I think. There’s some nuclear allusion throughout the tune, especially in the music video, and there’s also a much more simple message about peace, love, and harmony. One could even argue there’s certainly a political takeaway from ‘Future Back,’ as the song does explore what happens when global conflict reaches a tipping point. (Plus, with the recent election of Donald Trump to the US presidency, nuclear warfare is a hot-button topic in a way it hasn't been since the Cold War.)
‘Future Back’ doesn’t just boast a sharp music video. The electronic influence and vocal manipulation is fantastic, perhaps akin to Daft Punk or the like, and India injects a lovely amount of personality into the track. The production is excellent, too, and the rest of Astronauts of Antiquity seem to be incorporating hints of funk influence in their composition process.
‘Future Back’ is a wonderfully enjoyable single very much worth having in your digital collection. It's intelligently composed, thoughtfully penned pop music with the perfect amount of depth and accessibility. Connect with Astronauts of Antiquity below, and the single is available on all major digital outlets.