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Listen: Youth Lagoon’s “Worms”, which was made with actual recordings from space

on January 20, 2014, 11:30am

Lefse Records has revealed plans for a unique compilation entitled, The Space Project, in which 14 acts created new songs using actual deep space recordings. (Think more so the swirling of galaxies and the movement of comets as opposed to Close Encounters of the Third Kindesque communications). Our first taste of true intergalactic pop comes from Trevor Powers, a.k.a. Youth Lagoon, who contributed a song entitled, “Worms”.

While one could undoubtedly replicate, say, an exploding star with a high-end synth and an MPC, the track nonetheless feels celestial in scope. With strings that twinkle like shooting stars and drums and random studio effects mimicking a rocket’s propulsion, the track builds in a kind of majesty and intensity as it steadily burns upward through the stratosphere. Even amid all the extraterrestrial feedback, Powers’ vocals are the best rocket fuel, serving as a source of human connectivity amid a jarring, sometimes alien soundscape. Slap on your space helmets and listen in below.

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