Oakland, California-based singer, songwriter, and keyboardist Anthony Ferraro established the dreamy, soul-tinged indie pop of Astronauts, etc. in 2012, a year before he became a regular member of the touring band for Toro y Moi. The project drifted toward a more refined soul-pop on its label and studio debut, 2015's Mind Out Wondering, before returning to a softer focus.
Recorded at John Vanderslice's analog studio Tiny Telephone with Ferraro's live band, Astronauts, etc.'s full-length debut, Mind Out Wandering, featured a more streamlined, if still warm sound that took influence from '70s soul. It was released by Hit City where he followed it two months later with an all-demos version of the album.
The project's second long-player returned to a hazy, lower-fi sensibility for its wistful soul arrangements. Released in 2018, Living in Symbol was co-produced by Bear. Astronauts, etc.