Books of Love, a super-duo consisting of La Sera’s Katy Goodman and Greta Morgan of the Hush Sound, capitalize on the well-worn ’60s neo-girl-pop genre that’s popular of late. Their single “Space Time” is a by-the-letter adorable piece of catchy goodness. It’s sweet but not saccharine, sentimental but not treacly.
Despite the song’s upbeat and undeniably hooky chorus, its lyrics are remorseful, telling of a love that’s literally out of this world and, thus, never to be. Despite this sad tale, the song still manages a bright and cheery guitar solo and some wonderful harmonizing. This is characteristic of this nostalgic movement of young musicians aping the styles of their parents’ generation; while the music suggests one thing, the story tells of another, completely opposite mood. Goodman and Morgan’s voices complement each other nicely, blending together to create a supportive sisterly vibe that helps to keep the song from feeling too hopeless. While the song doesn’t reinvent the genre or do much to go beyond it, it’s a charming tune that worms its way into your head, refusing to get out. Books of Love may be almost cutesy in a stereotypical ’60s pop sense, but you can’t deny that they know how to craft a winning pop song.