Astræa

FRESH: ‘Anybody Out There?’ – Astræa

Striking singer Astræa releases her debut single “Anybody Out There?”.

London by way of Minnesota singer, songwriter and producer Astræa has released her debut single “Anybody Out There?”. The song is a poignant ode to love, compassion and companionship, or – in so many cases – the lack of it.

“‘Anybody Out There’ is about loneliness, something that every single person has experienced at some point in their lives,” says Astræa. “It’s part of the universal human experience but it can be really harmful. Whether it’s friends, family, or lovers, we need people in our lives to survive. Without these close relationships, we can experience a multitude of issues or mental health problems. This song for me was an expression of how I’ve felt alone at different points in my life and one that I hope can be there for someone who might be experiencing loneliness”.

With a voice and style similar to Tori Amos and Kate Bush, and pop sensibilities reminiscent of Lorde and London Grammar, Astræa showcases her ethereal vocals alongside minimalist piano tones on “Anybody Out There?”. The self-produced track builds through swelling choruses and spacious verses to produce a touching commentary on a universally shared experience. Her emotive lyricism and tastefully crafted musicality compliments the touching sentiment of the track and highlights a pressing social issue.

Astræa is a classically trained pianist and an accomplished songwriter and producer, having had her versions of “Mad World” and “You’re Not Alone” used in recent Lloyds bank TV adverts, which she arranged, produced and performed. Her version of “You’re Not Alone” has had over 3 million streams, and charted in Spotify’s UK Viral Chart at #18, iTunes Main Charts at #23 and iTunes Singer-Songwriter Chart at #2.

Now releasing the first of her very own material with “Anybody Out There?”, the US-born artist makes her biggest statement yet for her far-reaching skills in across the board of songwriting and production. Having previously sold out a headline show at London’s St Pancras Old Church, Astræa has announced her next show in the capital at the even-more beautiful St James’s Church, Piccadilly on March 21st.

For more about Astræa, check out her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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