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Rocket Science For Dummies

It does not take a rocket scientist to realize that Rocket Science for Dummies is a great album. Astronauts of Antiquity’s singer, India, and guitarist, B. Rhyan, are a musical match made in heaven.

They travel further, taking listeners on a well-designed trip of cosmic rhythms. Astronauts of Antiquity’s influence list is long, but they have managed to make an individual, well-crafted sound that, although resembling many, is like none. This wife and husband duet describes their music as “urban, electro, organica,” and though I fail to understand what this really means, it somehow feels like a good explanation. India’s voice is out of this world and gives these thirteen songs a jazzy effect, while Rhyan’s noticeable expertise on the sitar, guitar, and sarod contribute a world music sensibility. 

It took the Nyack, NY-based twosome three years after the release of their first work, AoA 1, to come out with Rocket Science for Dummies. In this second record, it’s easy to tell that much pensive thought went into this satisfying album, which lifts off with the first song. “Everywhere” is a very danceable tune that makes me want to defy gravity. The same goes for “Sweet-tooth” and the title track.

If you’re not already of the opinion that “hare, hare, Krishna, hare” is a sexy chorus, Astronauts of Antiquity will definitely convert you, especially after you hear the “Love is a Mantra” remix. They are accompanied by a DJ and several guest musicians who play various forms of air instruments. Cee Knowledge (of Digable Planets fame) contributes on the groovy “Soup Du Jour.”

If these astronauts are planning an intergalactic tour anytime soon I would put on my jet pack and lovingly follow them anywhere.

Written by: Laura Koffler, March 22nd 2009

Awesome review, I love this album and this band!