The Unicorns, “Rocket Ship” (Daniel Johnston cover)

Sandra Song

Who knew Daniel Johnston’s “Rocket Ship” could get any spacier? Take it up with newly reunited indie favorites The Unicorns, who’ve finally teased their space station-esque studio recording of Johnston’s wonky Yip/Jump Music classic.

Cheek-pinchingly adorable in its winkle-twinkle vibe, The Unicorns reaffirm their place as a cutesy cult favorite with their oscillating, space-age swoops and glittering vocal harmonies. Reworked and ground through a see-saw synth treatment, it’s a dizzy, staccato-dotted ride through a felt-covered, sequin-studded space diorama that’s the twee-est science fair project anyone could conjure up.

Look out for it as a bonus track on the upcoming reissue of their 2004 cult classic Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?, due out on August 26 via the band’s Caterpillar Records imprint.

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