The best songs have an innate, transformative nature about them. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing—-when that track comes on, the stresses of wall-to-wall traffic and work deadlines seem to melt away.

That’s the feeling of Beauty Pill‘s new song, “Dog with Rabbit in Mouth, Unharmed,” the exceptional first single from the band’s long-gestating album, Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are, out April 21. Using a wavy collection of drum brushes and acoustic guitars, the song addresses a dream frontman Chad Clark had about his pet dog, Lucy, who died of cancer. “She told me it was gonna be alright,” Clark, who’s overcome his own illness, said Wednesday on Twitter. “Anyone who has ever loved a pet will understand the fear of outliving them.”

That strong sense of longing is felt throughout, from the way these words are delivered to the swirling aura of its production. The music conjures the hypnagogic state Clark describes, with the vocalist as an angelic messenger venturing from the other side on behalf of Clark’s fallen friend. It makes for a beautiful moment, one that connects the glorious afterlife to the uncertain present.

Stream “Dog with Rabbit in Mouth, Unharmed” after the jump.