From an airy and breezy corner of the universe not yet explored comes the new album Just Waiting For Something from Space Lungs. Now if there were a terrestrial place within this galaxy that this music could be from, it would definitely be Denver which is where Space Lungs is based. This album is an exquisite indie mix of urban and rural elements which for me fits Denver like a glove. It's dreamy and fantastical.
At the core there is an ambient innocence and just a whole lot of good vibes. However this isn't one of those smarmy feel good albums. It keeps one foot on the ground in reality. It's also emotional and very expressive while dwelling in such an electronic place. I love when I can find warmth and genuine humanity in unexpected places.
The solo creator behind Space Lungs is a bit of a riddle and certain personal details were kept off the menu, which is fine. This person had been in other bands that disbanded and did not have any motivation to be involved with another. I get the sense there was an urgency that was not going to wait for schedules and personalities to align. This gave birth to the necessity for a home recording operation.
Here's where it gets interesting. Space Lungs considers this collection of songs worthy of sharing, but these are by no means what this artist considers to be their most optimal work. Some might find this odd, but being a writer who hates almost everything I do, I kinda get it. This album is bursting with great ideas, not all are absolute winners, but I am all the same quite taken with this album and I find it amusing that I have fallen so hard for what is essentially a stepping stone to greater things. Knowing this has never made me more motivated to hear what's coming next.
I think a big part of the success for this album is in the balance. There is a tranquil balance of all the genres the artist touches. There is also an even handed balance of electronic and organic elements. The music is engineered in such a way that I was able to enjoy every flavor and color without any effort, it's all on the table. While the vocals are heavily treated electronically, I can hear EVERY WORD, which is ideal, because there are some great lyrics in here. The lyrics is really where that one foot in reality is planted. That electronic treatment remained consistent throughout the album which I think was wise as it allowed the artist to really take a walk around the musical genre woods without being scatterbrained. Whatever home recording bug bit this artist was a winner. It sounded like it came so naturally, like this artist being their own producer is the natural state of things. I think on the production there was a lot that was done right and something that I wanted to make sure I made note of here. Congratulations to Space Lungs on having me so smitten with you "B" squad songs.
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