OUTER SPACES: A Shedding Snake: LP

This was love at first listen. Outer Spaces is at once ghostly, with shimmering guitars and an airy production, and emotionally grounded —a middle ground between the Mirah and Cat Power. The songs are grounded by Cara Beth Satalino’s assured, yet aching, voice. Her tender melodies and harmonies populate the lush pop folk and Western soundscapes. Highlights include “Born Enemy,” “I Saw You,” and “Postman,” which possesses a haunting simplicity. When Satalino sings, “They say love is blind, or is it blinding?” I can only think: Good goddamn, that’s poetic. –Sean Arenas (Don Giovanni, dongiovannirecords.com)