Astronauts, etc. – “I Know” (Stereogum Premiere)

Anthony Ferraro is a member of Chaz Bundick’s Toro Y Moi touring band, but he also fronts his own project called Astronauts, etc. Today the band shares “I Know,” the first single from a fresh batch of recordings. Although Ferraro was at one point studying to become a classical musician at UC Berkeley — a career path derailed by arthritis — this track is a ’70s-style soft-rock gem that taps into some of the same lite-funk vibes as Toro’s recent work while maintaining its own particular flavor. That makes sense considering Bundick is the one who introduced Ferraro into the popular music scene in the first place. The groove on this one is strong despite the overall pillowy quality of the music. “Just hold me tight,” Ferraro croons in falsetto before a smooth guitar solo enters to usher in the next verse. Listen below.