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ALBUM PREMIERE: BRIAN BERGER – WEEKEND ASTRONAUTS

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Weekend Astronauts, Cover
Weekend Astronauts, Cover

Brian Berger can’t stop. After putting out Still Life With Prudence earlier this year, Brian thought he’d take a break and take a step away from music for a little bit. But some things don’t always happen as you plan. Soon Brian had more songs written than he knew what to do with, which leads to now, six months after Still Life, where we have a brand new EP.

Weekend Astronauts, a new collection of 5 songs, is similar to Still Life in that it’s incredibly well written and brilliantly personal music, but it’s a bit different because there’s more of a sense of positivity and reflection. There was a challenge overcome and, in the untraditional sense, a celebration to be had. There are no better words to describe the new EP than Brian’s very own, which you can read in full bellow as well as stream the entire album ahead of it’s release on Friday, June 24th.

As far as Weekend Astronauts, it came about in sort of a strange way. After “Still Life” I told myself I would take a break from writing music. I exhausted a lot of time and effort in writing and creating that record because I thought if I told my story, got it all down on tape (in a digital sense of course) and out on the internet, then it would no longer be just mine. And with that would come much needed closure. It was done, and I could take a break from writing. About a month later I has twenty five new songs. Apparently closure still has its residuals. However, none of those appear on “astronauts”. I didn’t have any plans for them, they just sort of existed in their own little untethered ethers. At some point in mid April I realized the past few songs I had written were different. They fit together, not how Still Life did, not a narrative of events, more shift in mindset. I was in a place where I could be reflective without the tragedy. I could write a song about a girl who nerds out about space, or about getting stoned, or something goofy about my ma or dad or sister, or about wanting to be a couple inches closer to someone you kinda dig, without it feeling like something to fucking lament, ya know? These songs were different because I was different. I was happier. Anyone who writes or paints or creates enough can plot the emotional peaks and valleys of their life based on what they were making at the time. “still life” was sad, and that’s okay, I like sad songs. But “astronauts” is this group of songs that form a transitional bridge into a new emotional context for me…sitting somewhere in between nasty lows and euphoric highs, closer to the latter, reflective of the former. For now, it’s a good place to be, and it’s where these songs on weekend astronauts stemmed from.

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