Astro Lasso | s/t EP (Pyramid Dream)

Jordan Davis and Tristan Martin craft intricate, genre-bending, gentle electronic-indie-pop songs that simultaneously excite and relax.

In March, I was heading to Marquis Theatre to catch one of four (#3) opening acts. The day of the show, I thought to check out the other bands on the bill and was instantly taken by Astro Lasso (#2). I played a couple songs on Spotify and arranged to arrive early for their set. In other words: I didn’t really know much about them, but the little I heard, I liked.

Following that, the first few times an Astro Lasso song came up on my playlist, I had to check who it was because I wanted to hear more. After a handful of singles, I put on the duo’s debut five-song EP, giving it a couple repeats so I could really get into the music. And every time I go back to the EP, I get into it more.

Astro Lasso is a new two-piece from York, Pennsylvania—so new, in fact, I caught their very first tour ever. Jordan Davis (voice, programming, guitar) and Tristan Martin (percussion) craft intricate, genre-bending, gentle electronic-indie-pop songs that simultaneously excite and relax. In other words: Whatever type of music you’re into, you just may like it.

The first thing to note is Jordan Davis’s falsetto: It’s delicious. But his normal singing voice is great, too, as is the way he talks through the bridge of opening track “Conquer.” It’s a voice that’s inviting, approachable, welcoming you in to the world of Astro Lasso.

All five tracks on the EP are singalong-worthy, but it’s “Stay Safe” that’s the real standout. Davis’s electro-modified (only slightly) falsetto accents the uplifting wish-you-well. “Someday” has more electronic manipulation and a near-rap toward the end, a merry mashing of styles to keep listeners on their toes.

Next to “Stay Safe,” the song I remember most from the concert is “Do Right and Let It Go.” It’s a laidback slow burner, another positive message reminding us not every fight needs fighting. The song’s light and summery, inspiring head bobs and toe taps and singing. On disc closer “The Only Part,” Davis’s voice is sultry and sexy, more evocative of bedroom time than springtime.

As with any good EP, Astro Lasso’s debut isn’t long enough—but perhaps that’s the point: Hook ’em and leave ’em wanting. And in that, they’ve succeeded. | Laura Hamlett

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Laura Hamlett is the Managing Editor of PLAYBACK:stl. In a past life, she was also a music publicist and band manager. Besides music, books, and other forms of popular culture, she's a fan of the psychology behind true crime and violent criminals. Ask her about mass murder...if you dare.

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