Kae Astra melds her history of music-making with newfound effervescent energy as frontwoman and lead songwriter for this project. With this being her debut release, you’d be forgiven for not having heard any of Kae Astra’s music before, but her moody and introspective take on dreamy synth-pop – that slots alongside the likes of Beach House, Kate Bush, My Morning Jacket, Lana del Rey, Grimes – is not easily forgotten.
The track uses 80’s nostalgia, haunting melodies, and a lush dream pop soundscape, it paints a binary picture of grief teetering between gnawing despair and glimmers of hope. It is mixed by Danny Reisch (Wye Oak, The Octopus Project, White Denim) and mastered by Dave Cooley (M83, Animal Collective, Washed Out).
Listen to the exclusive XS Noize premiere of ‘Dreams’ – BELOW: