PREMIER: Phat A$tronaut – The Fifth Dimension
Phat A$tronaut was born of a partnership formed between frontman Chad Browne-Springer and guitarist Mark Lyon working on an unrelated D’Angelo tribute gig. Since that fateful meeting, the two men’s vision has organically grown into an eight-piece experimental funk and soul ensemble that is making waves all over Connecticut.
Even without a debut record to hang their hat on Phat A$tronaut has been able to turn quite a few heads with their undeniable charisma and originality. But today the dynamic world beat, hip-hop, r&b, soul, afrobeat and everything in between ensemble has chosen to unveil their freshman effort The Fifth Dimension.
The Fifth Dimension is only seven songs but it still goes a long way toward showing off all of Phat A$tronaut’s strengths as a band, The album really shows the incredible grasp on pop-songwriting this group has while still being able to highlight the group’s exemplary musicianship, crisp timing, outrageous vocal harmonies, and most importantly their overall groove.
As a group, Phat A$tronaut really excels at giving the listener something have heard before with their clear influences like Prince, D’Angelo, Fela Kuti, and others shining brightly through their music. While mixing that with something completely different their use of the flute and Browne-Springer’s unique use of autotune.
For every adjective, I could think of the describe this outstanding bands music I think the most accurate one possible would be, good.
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