KEXP at CMJ 2009, Day 4: Deastro

photo by Carolina Rivera

Like any self-respecting musician these days, Deastro’s Randolph Chabot began recording albums in the basement of his parents’ house. Having sung in his church choir, and even performed in a production of Joeseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat when he was 7-years-old, music has always been a part of his life. From those humble beginnings, he’s produced several albums worth of music and at 22, blanketed Detroit’s music scene with fresh electronic landscapes. Each song was recorded and written with pretty much whatever he could find — and this youthful approach to music-making really shines through in each song.

photos by Carolina Rivera
Live at The Cutting Room Studios NYC

The internet has been a major platform for Chabot, as a place to share his music and his self-designed album covers. Ghostly International picked him up for his fourth release, Moondagger. The melodies are heavily synthesized, and constantly moving.   “Light Powered” sounds like a modernized level in The Adventures of Zelda.  His songs are full of fantastical lyrics. “The Shaded Forests” have amazing pop hooks, and all of his songs have a consistent level of optimism embedded in their layers.

A little over a month ago, Chabot’s bandmates quit mid-tour, according to Deastro’s Facebook updates at the time, yet despite hitting a huge snag while touring the UK just last month, Deastro has trucked on as a solo act. Catch them at Santos Party House this Wednesday at CMJ!

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