At the heart of Astronauts, Etc. lies  pianist and vocalist Anthony Ferraro, a musician forged in the crucible of strict classical training and, conversely, the era and genre-spanning freedom of Napster.

The result of formal discipline and genre-exploration manifests itself in songs like gorgeous new single “Gravity.” It eludes easy classification, pulling from pop, psych-rock, and Ferraro’s classical background to craft something melancholic and smart. Beautifully and simply written (its chorus—a repeated refrain of “I’ve got a lot to learn, I guess”—encapsulates much without belaboring the point), “Gravity” never feels like a collision of incongruous parts.

Astronauts, Etc.’s new EP Sadie comes. Pre-order the vinyl edition which comes out on 9/23 here.

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