Released: Sep 2012
Label: Nacional Records
Wow, Chile has been bursting at the seams with icy-hot indie-pop. On Astro's U.S. debut, these charming hipster types make sleek, steamy, throbbing electro-rock that fits like a pair of uber-tight skinny jeans. Tracks blip along, from "Colombo"'s synth-syncopation and sass to "Miu-Miu"'s spaced-out shoegazing. But just when you start to think Astro's electro-poppery is a little too seamless, they disrupt the flow with a little guitar jamming or Afro-pop-hued polyrhythms (check out "Pepa," the album's most fascinating track).