GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT延续了100多年的玩笑，上帝的玩笑，这次似乎比GOD IS DJ要严肃，毕竟GOD可以送一些人到天国，另一空间摆渡者就是ASTRONAUT。这两个都柏林小伙（未考证年龄）是否可以将此一半戏谑的团名变成一个普世接受POP GOD有待时间的证明，空间上他们已经做到鸟，他们的音乐不是什么POST ROCK，完全是SPACE ROCK（或者SPACE ROCKET），为啥？首先你可以望文生意，其次靠普的方法验证方法就是视听，看着你的灵魂穿破鼓膜随着GOD袅袅摇摆。
游魂不进天堂，就如他们专辑名《The End Of The Beginning》、《All Is Violent, All Is Bright》已经告诉你的，它是一团没有地标的空间，GOD的新EP《A Moment Of Stillness》则是一场没完没了的高潮戏，这是趟由你决定的漫游，进入与否的开关就在你的右手食指，轻点之下，你会发现：Oh My God！my god......my god...my god.mygod...oh yeah baby....SO，just click！
[A REVIEW]God is an Astronaut sounds like a band name that would belong to a three chord garage band from America, rather than a dreamy chill-out lo-fi threepiece from Dublin. It’s not ‘dancey’ enough to be called dance music, and yet while dabbling generously in electronica at times, it offers a much fuller sound than the brittle sparsity and atmospheric minimalism we’ve come to expect from the genre. What we get in return is a much more melodic and immediate record. Title track, The End of the Beginning, weighs in with a swirling ethereal opening before it’s direction is pinned down by throbbing beats and a melodic guitar line.
The stunning Coda is built around a near post-rock guitar motif, while Remembrance follows a similar outline; although this time God is an Astronaut choose piano as the glue to paste their ambient layers together. Point Pleasure is possibly the highlight, changing direction to a fervent interlude midway through which completely alters the track. Route 666 is closer to the more digitised glitchy electronica that’s fashionable at the moment, but it’s still couched in heavy beats and a great rhythm, while closing track Lost Symphony clings to a subtle and brooding bass-line.
At times it echoes The Human League, and once or twice it soaks up the heady dub rush of Massive Attack, and the solar landscapes on the new UNKLE album. Indeed, you get the feeling on some tracks like Point Pleasure and the intro of Fall from the Stars that very serious attention has been paid to the likes of Blue Lines and Protection when writing up their list of creative influences. Intrinsically though, God is an Astronaut sound like something that hasn’t come out of Dublin in a long time, and based on their debut, the city and it’s music fans should be grateful that we don’t have to wait any longer.