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The Clarion \ Sept. 23, 2011
Album review: Astronautalis
By Park Baker
Editor in Chief
Florida native Andy Bothwell has been tirelessly
recording, touring and producing music under his stage
name “Astronautalis” for nearly 10 years. Often touted
as our generations’ most talented raconteur, his fusion of
hip-hop, rock and roll, and the indie genre is a testament to
the amalgam that contemporary music has become.
The libretto entitled “This Is Our Science” is Bothwells’
fourth album and like anything worth listening to, it
becomes more fluid with each listen. Each song is written
sequentially, so that each track transitions to the next
seamlessly, painting a bigger picture when the album is
listened to straight through. “This is our Science” spent
four days in the iTunes top ten most downloaded albums
list last week.
His voice breaks free from the confines of hip-hop
on “The River, The Woods” and the intricacies in the
production give the listener a glimpse into his repertoire.
With a quiver of styles and influences, his fervor blossoms
with each track.
Bothwell has been touring with and opening for the
Canadian indie act Tegan & Sara for the past year through
Europe and Australia, after co-producing their new album.
Tegan Quin appears on the track “Contrails,” and her voice
reverberates beautifully, giving the song its name.
Astronautalis is about to begin his North American tour,
and the closest venue to Brevard is in Charlotte on Nov 1 st
at the Milestone.
“Measure the [' || ii ’ i'
Globe” is my favorite
track on the album.
Part love ballad, ‘ -
part pithy insight
giving credence to
something larger than
us; Bothwell ends
with “I couldn’t tell
you dear, which one whispers in my ear, the
Devil or St. Andrew...But I know its time
to go. I’m sure you got a great theory, if
I’m hunting something or its haunting me,
know there ain’t no right way to measure the
globe... Oh no... .Oh no.”
Comporium photo contest
ATTENTION: Brevard College
students, alumni, faculty and staff,
Comporium and Brevard College are
holding a photography contest for a
search to find the new cover for the
First place: $500 (and a chance
to have your photo be the cover
of the directory) Second place
and third place: $250 and $100
The deadline: Sept. 26.
Photographs should celebrate not
only what Brevard College brings to
the community but what a unique
learning style and experience
Brevard College provides its
Each participant may submit up
to three entries, either in color or
in black and white. The artwork
themes should be inspired by
the Brevard College campus and
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To enter visit: www.brevard.edu/
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