Milwaukee musician Alec Grefe lists Mazzy Star, Acetone, King Krule, and “a ton of other stuff” as his biggest musical influences. If you, too, enjoy those artists—and/or Elliott Smith, Iron & Wine, or Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin—you’ll love Grefe’s latest record. Released under his Astronaut Husband solo moniker, the new Off To Nowhere is a gorgeously rendered collection of hushed, whispered, and heartbreakingly beautiful acoustic indie folk. Sounds of the room lend warmth to songs like “Shut Up” and “Night Drive.” Sounds of nature creep in on tracks like “Meteor Salvation” and “The Cave.” Listen to it all here:

“The album explores a dark, dizzying pool, aimless in the wake of love,” Grefe says in the liner notes. “A look into heartbreak’s purgatorial prison. Quiet, peaceful, nothing. It’s not so bad. Off To Nowhere is spotted with instrumental moments of repose. Rest stops on a highway that goes on forever. A silver ribbon casting reflections of reflections.”

Off To Nowhere follows 2023’s Down The Road and a host of other Astronaut Husband releases. Looking for a similar vibe but with a little more instrumental heft? Check out Grefe’s other Milwaukee band, Haunter.

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