Structurally, "Astronaut" is a three-legged footrace: it's like Shy Child chopped every fourth bar off of a pounding dance track and forced themselves to keep pace with the resulting 3/4 sprint. Sonically, it's like they took Goldfrapp's "Strict Machine" and amped it the hell up, sneaking a little Of Montreal into the mix for flash cameos under their lightning refrains. One part psychedelic for every three parts body-moving, Shy Child is the latest gem on the Kill Rock Stars roster.
"There" as its title might suggest, is really quite simple. It starts off with a thin and tinny drum machine, tempered by soft bells and keys, which recall the sensation of being alone in a strange place at dusk. From there, it's a sort of peaceful wandering: you're visiting an unfamiliar but nonthreatening city, and you've got all night to find your way back to your hotel. This a dark track, but without the sense of panic - Osborne offers in its place an air of muted anticipation.
If you're the type of listener who throws on some early Modest Mouse every so often for nostalgia's sake - we're talking pre Moon & Antarctica, of course - then Boddicker is right up your alley. "When I Go Out" is crassly arranged, and Caleb Boddicker's delivery is a hopelessly simple mess. In this case, more is more - lines like "when I go out I find things out / I twist and shout and kiss your mouth" are heartrending, if only for their desperate and superfluous construction. Much like Isaac Brock, Boddicker doesn't aim to hit notes - instead, he chooses to miss them, but in the most meaningful ways.
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