‘Stranger’ is a wonderfully sophisticated ode to retro pop, like an ethereal and nostalgic gaze through fluorescent, heart-shaped sunglasses. Classic synthesisers, drum pads and luscious electronic textures overlap with one another to create a familiar 80’s sound, complimenting Astræa’s stunning voice as her pensive lyrics detail the flame of a romance slowly dimming; something that the gorgeous vintage-styled video mirrors.
Speaking on the ‘Stranger’ video, Astræa detailed, “It was unreal shooting the ‘Stranger’ music video in this dreamy 1950’s time capsule house. The whole thing was directed, produced, edited and styled by me! My character is a Betty Draper (Mad Men) inspired housewife struggling to live up to unrealistic expectations of perfection, especially when she discovered her partner has been straying and things start to unravel. It’s sarcastic and quirky and I had so much fun making it.”
‘Stranger’ is the third single to be taken from her Looking Up EP and follows the release of her raw and emotional single ‘Scars’, a stripped-back and vulnerable track that was accompanied by a captivating live performance video filmed at Craxton Studios in London. Also released is the EP’s title track, a gorgeous and elating reminder that better days are just around the corner which was accompanied by a music video filmed along the scenic Scottish coast and a stunning live performance video. All three songs provide a tantalising taste of the Looking Up EP, which sees Astræa continue to both share and evolve her creative vision.
Astræa will be making her return to the stage this year, performing a very special headline show at Servants Jazz Quarters in Dalston, London. Taking place on October 14th, the gig is her first live performance since 2019 and will serve as her first opportunity to perform material from her new EP to a live audience. Tickets for the gig are available here.
LOOKING UP EP TRACKLISTING
- Take Me Away
- Looking Up