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The Astrals / Press

“A new take on new wave may seem like old news, but not when done with the refreshing optimism, dynamic bombast, and serious craftsmanship of the Astrals. An EP released in January gives us the first taste of what we can expect from multi-instrumentalist Stephan Versini with assistance from drummer Justin Welch (formerly of Elastica) and moments into the lead off track, you can tell they’ve already managed to bring a depth to the spirit of new wave so often lacking in their peers and predecessors. Whether this intuition finds its way in through Versini’s romantic waves of synth or intrepid vocal delivery or through Welch’s barrage of precision adrenaline remains unclear, but here we find five examples of songwriting ripe with vitality and spirit, yet somehow still vulnerable and introspective; a warm heart beating with all its might in a cold city.”

Seth Styles - Magic Monster Radio

“With its reserved cool vocals confessing romance in all its ice and glamour, cinematic intensity, and deep control juxtaposed with a flowing blanket of sincerity with waves of vulnerability, you could easily see each moment of the Astrals’ debut EP as the chaos of water being condensed into a controlled solid. While this leaves us with ice, there is that thing beneath it all – warm, youthful, assured – and that’s what makes the Astrals something special.”

Seth Styles - Magic Monster Radio