Astro’s self-titled album dropped in 2011 in its native Chile, but didn’t make it stateside until nearly one year later.
Comparisons to MGMT and M83 abound, a funky pastiche of pop and electronic that is as fun as it is groovy.
“Colombo” is infectious, a climbing, celebratory synth phrase daring the listener not to get swept up in the track’s vibe.
It’s the apex of a three-song sprint out of the gate, after “Ciervos” (“Deer” in English) and “Coco.”
While “Astro” is paced well, it also exposes that it’s a surface fun. Depth and intrigue aren’t the specialty of “Astro,” just a danceable good time. This is music without a message.
“Astro” might be fun and hard to get out of the listener’s head, but in terms of making a lasting emotional impact, it’s not as lasting.
Our Music Year is Daily Republic popular culture writer Nick DeCicco’s yearlong online review in 2012 of albums he had previously not listened to. The reviews will appear in print on their corresponding days during 2013. Reach him at 427-6966 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ndeciccodr.