Something Bigger

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We're currently redesigning the website into something bigger.

I love the music so much. It's far more that just the drip, drip of ideas that I'm lucky to hear in my head that get turned into We Are All Astronauts pieces. There's so much incredible ambient and electronica music out there that I wish I'd discovered yesterday.

I remember finding Helios "First Dream Called Ocean" and feeling my musical world tilt on its axis. I remember wandering through London with Benn Jordan's tribute to Carl Sagan playing, spellbound at how the soundtrack altered my perception of the world around me. I remember sitting down to listen to the self-titled album by "A Winged Victory For The Sullen, and melting into a world I've never quite left.

My journey to this place has been long an circuitous, from jungle and happy hardcore cassettes, to Pete Tong's Essential Selection, Dave Seaman and Hernan Cattaneo on Renaissance compilations, Eric Prydz at Amnesia, to enough house and trance vinyl to collapse a ceiling. Some of it is comical now, but it all led to this point, so I wouldn't change any of it. It was a process of discovery that has totally defined my life experiences and my closest friends.

With this in mind, we're currently redesigning the website into something bigger. We Are All Astronauts will be a place to discover the sound and visuals with us and with other like-minded crate-diggers. Maybe some of you music lovers here will have taken a similar journey to us, or maybe you're just beginning to explore music. Either way, we hope to connect you to incredible music and incredibly talented audio and visual artists through their work and conversations with them. And hopefully there'll be plenty more of our own music too... get on the newsletter to be the first to hear about everything.

Come with us on a journey.

Ether Lyrics

Ether was born as an instrumental piece many moons ago, from a scene from the end of a movie that plays over in my head. A cosmic tale of selfless sacrifice. Months later, Valeska Rautenberg and I were talking about creating a vocal version to add a new dimension to the well-loved instrumental. It was to be a surprise at the end of The Machines EP, a familiar piece with a new twist, a kind of homecoming after the trials and tribulations of the preceding 26 minutes.

After listening to Ether and talking about the themes that inspired it, Valeska began doing what she does best and just let the ideas and words flow out. I'll be honest, the initial rough demo brought tears to my eyes as the first ascending phrases come in. They perfectly capture the mood and the meaning. From a producer perspective, adding the vocals gave me an opportunity to go back and finesse the sounds as I carved out a space for the vocal to sink in. I'll always love the instrumental, but now can't imagine the music without the beautiful song and lyrics that weave the story through the sound.

 

We Are All Astronauts & Valeska Rautenberg - Ether

I give it all
All I’ve got
I give it all to you


To see you alive
Come to life
Come to life


I give it all
All I am
I give to you


All I’ve got
I give to you
All I am
I give to you


To see you live
I give it all to you


Feel me, breathe me
I am yours
Lay your head down
Rest your thoughts
In my mind


I’ll be the soil
For you to grow
I’ll give you all of my days
So here in my heart
You’ll be safe
In perfect grace