For an album so clearly concerned with cohesion and a sustained narrative, it seems almost foolish to try to tease apart highlights. Space is, first and foremost, a full-length statement, and one of the best you’re likely to hear all year. Remove any of its tracks, resequence any portion, and it would feel like a film poorly recut by the studio.
This is a dance album you can’t dance to, an album of 14 tracks that works better as a whole, and an album that exists within its own world and takes a while both to get into and emerge from. Colomb is womblike, all drip-feed beats and muffled clicks, while I Got a Woman combines a vocal sample from the Ray Charles song of the same name with extravagant piano flourishes and rib-rattling, slo-mo beats. Elsewhere, the title track is as close to straight pop as Jaar gets, whilst the chilly Balance Her in Between Your Eyes is hauntingly lovely. An album to escape in.
Not Bad For a Record!