“Raw” and “honest” are strange words to use when describing a record written from the viewpoint of an imaginary science fiction character. But that’s exactly how Leonard the Lonely Astronaut feels. Leonard is the new record from my friend Andrew Osenga. If you are not familiar with Andrew’s work in The Normals or his later amazing solo efforts, you might know him as the co-writer of two songs on my latest project, Don’t You Think and House of Boxes. The idea of a sci-fi epic may or may not appeal to you as a listener but I promise you will connect with these songs. Because they aren’t songs about spaceships and aliens, they are songs from the point of view of a guy who has left everything that ever meant “home” and has been alone for a long time. And loneliness and distance are concepts we all understand. But this isn’t just an introspective moody record either. Andrew explores multiple musical styles as he explores the heart and soul of this lonely astronaut. To be honest, I’m finding it hard to put this record into words. It’s something you need to listen to. It’s a record you need to carve an afternoon out of your life and to just sit with it. Because otherwise, I think you might miss it. I know, I know. You don’t have that kind of time. Because you’re so busy. Which is why you’re never lonely and won’t relate to this record. Oh wait, you’re still lonely in the midst of all your busyness? Right. I think we all are. And I think that’s why Leonard hits home. And that’s why I’m so glad Andrew Osenga made it.
That’s all before we get to the fact that Andy built a spaceship. And recorded the whole record inside it. In a spacesuit. And I’m not even kidding. Awesome. Not as awesome as the songs, Out of Time and Hold On Boy. But awesome. I hope you get the chance to check it out.
If you’ve already listened, thoughts?