EP: Outer Spaces – Garbage Beach

Published Dec. 5, 2014 on The Le Sigh

Garbage Beach is a record for millennials in the most sincere, non-hashtagged sense.

Garbage Beach is a real place. In an interview with Impose Magazine, Outer Spaces’ mastermind Cara Beth Satalino said the title of her debut EP is an ode to a swimming hole she frequented when she lived in Athens, Georgia. “It’s a very romantic place. It’s easy to fall in love with, but at a certain point I knew I had to leave.” This works as the theme of Garbage Beach, out now on Salinas Records. The music sounds comforting and warm, but there’s this looming sense that things will end – or that things need to end – like graduating school, changing jobs or moving to a new city. Which is exactly what Satalino did in the middle of creating this Outer Spaces EP. She packed up in Athens and moved to Baltimore, where she, Chester Gwazda and Rob Dowler, finished writing and recorded Garbage Beach.

Throughout Garbage Beach, Satalino sings of changing seasons, moving away, leaving parties, visiting home, shifting winds and passing trains. Maybe that’s why it’s so easy to connect to the record, because from high school through your twenties, life contains a lot of changes riddled with uncertainty, excitement, anxiety, moving up, out and on. Garbage Beach is a record for millennials, in the most sincere, non-hashtagged sense. “Civilization’s Dying”, the folkiest song on the EP, offers a bleak, but all too true, perspective on how the economy sucks for young people (/everyone), and especially hits home with who were too cavalier in taking on college debt. “We’ll be buried in debt, even after we’re dead / They’ll take the shirt off your back, and the sheets from your bed.” “Gun Song” acts as a counterpoint to those condescending thinkpieces that label twenty-somethings as selfish carefree narcissists. “Everybody says ‘Oh, to be young’ / They wanna write their names on the sun / Everybody says it, but they’re wrong.” As Satalino sings of bittersweet times, her guitar, Gwazda’s keys and Dowler’s drum create a safe, warm indie rock space where you can sway out your weird life problems.


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