Track of the Day: 'Space Song'

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

More than anything, the music of Beach House, the Baltimore dream-pop duo, is consistent—some would say to a fault. On its just released fifth album Depression Cherry, Beach House conjures up the same ethereal vibes and feelings of love and loss that it did on its previous records, often by recycling beats or chord progressions from other songs.

“Space Song” is no different.

The snare is clearly borrowed from a song on the band’s 2010 album, but it’s also a gorgeous example of Beach House’s knack for reimagining familiar elements into something fresh.

The glassy whine of the guitars lends a wistful earnestness. Frontwoman Victoria Legrand’s soft, androgynous vocals carry the lyrics from admiration (“You wide-eyed girls, you get it right”) to resignation (“”)

The dancing synths keep things playful. And the drumbeat that kicks in over the organs at the start and continues throughout the track feels like a necessary grounding for a song that, aptly, wants to escape the earth’s gravitational pull. And if you let it, it’ll take you with.

“Space Song” doesn’t have the dirtier, shoegaze bent of Depression Cherry’s standout track “Sparks” (for lovers of My Bloody Valentine’s “To Here Knows When”). But it, along with the rest of the album, makes for a terrific late-summer listen.