Space Song sounds great, simply put – nostalgic in all the best ways, creatively fresh yet solid in its representation of the raw energy and passion of the indie-rock world. On top of all of this, the sound is ultimately very real. The Play Pretend duo state that they have presented the recording in the most natural way possible, and this really comes through as you listen. It feels like a live show, right there in the room with you – you get the detail and intricacy of the music, but much more than this, you can hear the genuine passion and energy of the performances, and this is what lifts music to new heights and pushes it across invisible boundaries.
After a single listen, Space Song leaves its mark. There’s a certain familiarity to the riffs and to the leading vocal, both of which perhaps contribute to why it connects so quickly with a new audience, but there’s also that undeniably honest feel to it all, and the unquestionable fact that this concept, this melody, and this voice, are all completely new and now – born of today’s world. If ever rock music served a purpose it was to allow its audience to escape from reality and be embraced by an entirely new arena of excitement and creativity and freedom. This is exactly what you get with a release like this.
Authenticity is everything the rock genre ever looked to represent. An alternative to the squeaky clean, over-produced world of mainstream pop. A place you can visit again and again in times of uncertainty. Somewhere free from judgement and glowing with ideas and emotion and artistry. As if the song title and the band’s name alone didn’t indicate that the experience ahead of you would bring a sense of escapism and possibility, the music and performances within warmly reiterate this truth.