In the end though, in a last minute dash for the line it is this track that wins out instead. And, given that I only discovered it so belatedly after retrospectively investigating Space Needle further this year, it is probably much more fittingly included in this end of year reflection.
‘Never Lonely Again’ perhaps lacks something of the no-fi hissing reverb spaciousness of ‘... Style’, but it is a gorgeous, frosted winter morning of a moment nonetheless. Four minutes of the kind of off-kilter genius that Eef Barzeley and his Clem Snide buddies might have constructed - the tradition of warmly bleak Country music taken apart and put together with the glue of post-rock.
If I was being dreadfully harsh I might raise an eyebrow and quietly throw in a line about it being maybe just a wee bit like a too-knowingly saddened R.E.M. But then, during the phase when the vocals make me consider such a statement, there is a burbling noise in the background like a radio tuning and re-tuning to different tones of static, and I think again.
I think again and I think ‘exquisite’. I think again and I think of cornflower blue and tiny heart shaped earrings. I think again and I think how lucky we are to love and to be loved.Space Needle -'Never Lonely Alone'