The latest track follows the success of Young’s worldwide viral hit, “Happiest Year,” which gave him massive bragging rights, racking up over 100 million global streams after receiving instant attention from Billboard and Idolator. “Happiest Year” was the alt-rock singer’s first new release since his 2017 breakthrough album, Feel Something, which was highlighted by the recently RIAA gold-certified single, “I’ll Be Good.”
Reminiscent of the English singer-songwriter Imogen Heap, “Spaces” is a wistfully ethereal song that takes the listener on a journey through electronic time and space. The slow buildup of the song — with the reverbs and distortion lending a helping hand to amplify Young’s voice and make it the focal point of the song — ensure that not a single listener is left behind on the almost four-minute journey that they have undertaken.
The song is a ballad at its core. It speaks of the singer looking back at a relationship that most likely failed. Its main focus is on the vast disconnect between the two people in the relationship. There was just all of this empty space between them that they tried to fill but eventually, it just was not enough. They were fighting a losing battle from start to finish.
It is a track that will resonate with a lot of listeners, as most people have been through what the singer describes. Wanting to be with someone so bad and trying everything to make it work, but the disconnect was just too large.
Over the years since the release of his breakthrough album, Young has brought his mesmerizing act with him on the road, beginning with his sold-out 2017 “Feel Something Tour and including 2019’s “Happiest Years Tour.” He has also toured alongside renowned artists like Vance Joy, London Grammar and Oh Wonder.
“Spaces” can be viewed below.