Album: Modern Guilt Year: 2008
Referring to the chemtrail conspiracy theories, "Chemtrails," is a dreamy blend of atmospheric rock that adds a light, lazy tone to "Modern Guilt." Woozy and ambient, the song talks about looking up above and climbing through holes in the sky, though still grounding its ambitions with talks of death and drowning. Like Sea Change, the song is inextricably tied to a pensive sadness, but a snarling backbeat will carry you through "Chemtrails," signalling Beck's contined maturation from his earlier material. It's the sort of heaviness that somehow manages to stay weightless.