If there’s one thing we take very seriously for summer, it’s piecing together the perfect poolside playlist, which we’ve already begun doing (see Kato and the Ellis Alice’s “Love Is In The Air.”) Poptimism hits a stride in June, and our latest obsession, Boston quartet Bearstronaut, feeds that insatiable ’80s synth hunger. Having grown out of the same home-base as fellow electro-pop outfits, Passion Pit and The Magnetic Fields, it’s no wonder the band’s found comfort in nostalgic, soaring sounds, imbuing that with a noticeably full, rock finish.
Bearstronaut rose above some 8,000 acts to win the Guitar Center & Converse Get Out of the Garage contest, which awarded them studio time at Brooklyn’s Rubber Tracks to record their forthcoming full-length LP, Telecoast. For help, they tapped producer Jason Finkel (Gwen Stefani, Cyndi Lauper), who assisted in developing their sound, and landed on a winning recipe, where massive big band choruses are matched with light, airy soundscapes.
Following lead single, “Black Bells,” and another called, “Holding Out,” the band shares today a third track, “Shadow.” Bright and trop-pop, their newest release recalls the warmth of a sun-soaked island and the energy of a powerful radio hit—very St. Lucia. “I can be your shadow, you and I together,” wails singer/guitarist Dave Martineau. “I wanna be there, girl, but I can’t even be there for myself.” Listen to the BULLETT premiere, below: