‘In the Custody of Stars’ by Beekeeper Spaceman explores different realms

"There’s a sense that that’s not really true, and that the magic and the adventure can be in the togetherness.”
13 July 2023

Just like Dallas, Texas, the debut album of indie rock duo Beekeeper Spaceman captures the vibrant clash between rural nostalgia and city life. Explore different realms with its mix of cinematic sounds.

This awesome duo, made up of Greg Brownderville (the main songwriter, singer, and guitarist) and Spencer Kenney (the producer and multi-instrumentalist) shares In the Custody of Stars, the perfect introduction to their unique music style, which effortlessly blends old country vibes with a modern urban twist.

In the Custody of Stars is lush ballad from Beekeeper Spaceman‘s debut album. It’s a mesmerizing song that draws inspiration from a character in the cool online multimedia project called Fire Bones. Listening to it is like watching a picture come to life, with the lyrics painting vivid images in your mind.

Brownderville’s blurry soundscapes create a feeling of heartache and loneliness. Kenney adds his touch by dressing up a simple acoustic guitar arpeggio with programmed drums, dreamy background vocals, and twinkling synths. Everything is combined to create a beautiful picture of emotion and atmosphere.

Brownderville reveals: “In Custody of Stars, there’s a sense that that’s not really true, and that the magic and the adventure can be in the togetherness.”

Brownderville is the boss at Southwest Review, a cool literary magazine, and has written three poetry books. Kenney, on the other hand, makes awesome electro-pop music and goes by his own name. He’s also part of some rad bands on Dolfin Records in Dallas.

Fire Bones has got it all – poetry, videos, podcasts, and some seriously cool visuals. It’s all part of an incredible story set in a fictional town in the Arkansas Delta. The band got its name from a main character in the story, but Brownderville and Kenney didn’t plan on making an album or starting a music project together at first.

“We connected through a mutual friend and I started working on music for Fire Bones,” Kenney, who’s originally from New England but ended up in Texas as a kid, says “I don’t know how we decided to make an album. I don’t know that we really did. It just kind of started happening.”

“Kenney showed up at just the right time – says Brownderville – when we were working on Fire Bones. He turned out to be a great communicator, an instinctive collaborator, and brought a much-needed sense of freshness to the project. We have an unusual affinity, and you can hear it in our songs.

He would play parts that were never the same things I would’ve done, but I always loved what he did” explains Brownderville. “We have different sensibilities, but they work really well together. I could see early on that he was making everything better.”

Concretely, “Kenney gave the songs a higher sky,” reveals Brownderville. “After he’d work on (a song) for a while, I always had this feeling that it was much more spacious . He would open up air inside the song’s space, and it would go from being two-dimensional to feeling three-dimensional. And I loved that.”

Photo by Kyle Montgomery