Randolph Chabot has been making albums since he was 12 years old now, at 22, the Detroit-based musician known as Deastro is ready for his close-up.
Vermillion Plaza the second single from Deastro's upcoming full-length debut Moondagger, miniaturizes the album's best assets and shoots them out of a cannon. Plucky synth arpeggios, end-of-the-world choruses, joyously careening melody linesit's all there, squashed into a life-affirming three minutes and 50 seconds. When Chabot pleads for contact, singing, Would you be my son / 'cause all of mine have died?, it's less a cry of self-pity than an exhilarating salute to the power of human connection.
Recently, Chicago-based photographer/videographer James P. Morsea longtime friend and collaborator of Ghostly'sfollowed Chabot around Detroit for a day and edited the footage into Ghostly Presents: Deastro, a video profile whose warm, colorful aesthetic matches Chabot's energy and positivity to a T. Chabot putters around his Detroit home, visits his favorite bookstore, gushes about Isaac Asimov and Simone de Beauvoir, and plays a sweaty, packed show with his band. It's a loving portrait of an artist who stays true to his beliefs, staying passionate, engaged, and creative in all of his endeavors.
Deastro's full-band debut, Moondagger, arrives on June 23rd, and his Vermillion Plaza single along with its B-side, a squelchy, lumbering remix by Ghostly Swim featured artist Mux Mool drops May 12th on Ghostly International.