I don't feel any of BoC are anywhere close to space. I feel they are grounded, so grounded that they are underground sometimes, amongst the mycelium. Trippy, mystic and dark like the side of our brain we forgot.
And it's a weird thing to say and I was amazed when OPN said similar in an interview, but... Snare drums anchor music to being made by humans.
If you take away the snare drum it becomes otherworldly, like it's not been created in typical man made musical ideology. Swap the role of a hat with anything, clicks, ticks, noise, the kick, synthy, boomy whatever, you can feel it's from any place, any dimension, as soon as you add a snare, it becomes man made. I don't know how you feel but that's how I look at it, and I use it as a point of reference for my own music, which most of the time, I just want it to just exist, like it's been born from natural causes not consciously by a human brain. I know that's nigh on impossible but it's an aim nontheless.
The most spacey album for me is Spokes by Plaid... And totally contradictory, it has many snare parts, but still, I feel it's a deep space album. It feels unlike any other plaid album, it feels like Ed and Andy were taken over by other beings at the time of making it, or they wrote it on a journey while being abducted. Still human elements but humans in space experiencing unreal things.
Silly I know, but it's the reason it's my favourite electronic album of all time, probably my favourite album of all time. It feels like it just exists. It's totally underated too, takes time to grow on you for sure but an album that is unreal all the way through as a whole, just like BoC albums. The track Zeal is a total masterpiece and feels like you're being operated on by alien forces.
I have also had a few drinks.