When this band refers to its music as "post-indie space rock," it's fairly safe to assume that the description is meant as a witticism. And yet "Day One" sounds like an unlikely fusion of two-step Americana and sharp, sparkling guitar rock. But We Were Cosmonauts doesn't content itself with just one songwriting style, as evidenced by the quiet dynamics of "Novacaine," which recalls Artificial Joy Club without any of the gimmicks. "The Darkest Shade of Sheep" comes off like an odd yet pleasant hybrid of Homecoming-era America and early Big Head Todd and the Monsters, with a little more fire informing the guitar work. "America" is a finely textured, blues-folk-inflected song with some political underpinnings, while expert guitar filigrees running through the vocal melodies of "Alien" end this release with a warm delicacy.
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