It may sound like hyperbole, but there is truly no one out else there quite like Astronautalis. In addition to moonlighting as a travel writer, avid photographer, Harley rider, and most assuredly being the first rapper to perform and have a piece on display at the world famous Venice Biennale, this nomadic wordsmith has been perfecting his own unique hybrid of hiphop, indie rock and punk for over a decade. Cut The Body Loose is Astronautalis’ fifth full length and also the first album he’s released since his Justin Vernon a.k.a. Bon Iver fronted, high profile hybrid project Jason Feathers, who released their debut De Oro last year.
Ceschi Ramos is a rapper and singer from Connecticut who has been hopping genres and spilling guts for the better part of two decades. He has been seen outside venues at 3am in Germany playing an acoustic guitar and singing to people that didn’t want the show to end. He has written poems to fans from behind bars whilst locked up on bogus marijuana charges. He has suffered a spiral fracture of the humerus while arm wrestling a marine in Hawaii.
Saskatoon-based producer Factor Chandelier (née Graham Murawsky) broke into the music scene as a DJ in 1998, drawing early production inspiration from the West Coast underground and collaborations with emcees such as Kirby Dominant, along with fellow Canadian emcees Kay the Aquanaut & Def3 en route to forming Side Road Records. His innovative beats are grounded in a lush, organic hip hop structure with alternating rock, folk, pop and soul sensibilities. As the years and his sound progressed, Factor’s work caught the attention of Fake Four Inc., culminating in a diverse array of projects both solo and collaborative.