"17" by Astronauts, Etc // Originally by Youth Lagoon (2013)
Recently Youth Lagoon announced his forthcoming sophomore album and we got to hear a taster in the form of the track, "Dropla". Also recently, Anthony Farraro’s wonderful project Astronauts, Etc. released his version of an older Youth Lagoon track, called “17”. Both artists are primed to have big years, but I have to admit that it’s the recent Soundcloud output from Astronauts, Etc. that has my interest piqued the most. This take on “17’ is further proof that Farraro is onto something special. This version shifts the original’s subtle, bedroom pop whisper to something more pronounced and raw. Ferraro’s raw, exposed vocals sound like a young Stephin Merritt and the haunting, droning synth that flows behind him as a delicate piano accompanies him create a dreamy beauty that not only rivals the original, but in my personal opinion, improves upon it. Highest possible recommendation.