The laws of the universe are simple. There is ebb and there is flow. The moments where the end game is nowhere in sight are always followed by times where just getting started is the end game itself. It's those times of lull, though, where the go-getters remain in action, quietly chipping away at the evolution of sound. Folks like those in Astrea Corporation, the Fort Lauderdale trip-hop duo, who effectually create flow where the void exists.
The group did this on Saturday night at Respectable Street Café in Downtown West Palm Beach (alongside Astari Nite), and will surely do something just as ethereally monstrous coming up on Saturday at DADA in Delray Beach.
"Making each show a unique experience and keeping an element of surprise is a goal of Astrea Corporation," says Carly Astrea, "We use our written material as a jumping off point for the live performance. It really varies depending on how we are approaching that particular show on that particular night. There is always the intent to create an atmosphere and a mood. Having the ability to mutate and switch things around keeps things interesting for us, as well as people who have seen us before."
No strangers to the idea of doing things differently, the band not only takes advantage of their ability to keep things interesting live, but also on multiple recorded formats. Their very first recording, was printed to pink translucent vinyl. And while they've been steadily releasing tracks at the rate they finish recording them, their most recent output, Ocularscience, distributed on Record Store Day 2013, was transcribed to a perfectly hip purple cassette tape, served up in an envelope with some homespun artwork adorning the front.
"Analog mediums are imperfect by nature, inherently flawed. Over time they have a tendency to degrade and warp, but there is a beauty in the idea that the art may change physically over time as well as sonically. There's something to the medium shifting and evolving that appeals to us." Says Astrea, whose vocals seem to translate seamlessly over any format.
"More so, we as a group have a direct belief that no matter what the format, releasing recorded music should encompass a visual, tangible element," she adds on. "Plus, you can't roll a spliff on an MP3."
Though they haven't hinted to the format of their next release, Astrea Corp is looking forward to sharing the upcoming Paradise Oscine, which will no doubt feature Mike Astrea on the production line.
"We are heavily influenced by '90s era trip-hop as well as long form ambient noise music, kraut-rock, and electronic music. Kind of plucking little pieces and shards from this genre and that genre," Carly reports, piecing together a description of the sound Astrea Corp monopolizes in South Florida.