Best-of ’11:: Young Galaxy Shapeshifting

The title makes for one of the most obvious leads in recent memory. Gone is the epic, electro, shoegaze pop that had the young band reaching past the rafters and up into the stratosphere and in it’s place is a much simpler collage; one without superfluous notes, layers or emotional surges. With the help of Studio’s Dan Lissvik, Montreal’s Young Galaxy reinvented themselves and the grounded, tight melodies fit the band perfectly.

 

Icy cold synth lines float across the ocean and back, warmed by Lissvik’s programming of Rekall-like snippets of paradise and Catherine McCandless’ surprisingly powerful, Stevie Nicks inspired vocals. Although still steeped in 80′s influence, Young Galaxy has stepped away from the John Hughes ready pop - a sound that even with a few stumbles, landed them on the Polaris long-listed for their sophomore LP - and found a home in the darker corners of the UK club scene (when you hear the band sing about “tears from the eyes of god” on “Peripheral Visionaries” you can’t help but think of this song as a gritty evolution of “Touched By The Hand of God”).

 

The efficient, workman like percussion of “The Angels Are Surely Weeping” is tailor made to reverberate off nondescript warehouse walls, fueling faceless crowds looking for nothing else but to forget for one night… but what makes this LP different and why this style works so well for Young Galaxy is a forged connection. Without question, if the foundation of this record was a hypercolor t-shirt, it would be blue thanks to the cold and sparse arrangements, but over time, the record slowly turns red. “Cover Your Tracks” and “B.S.E.” use island rhythms, steel drums and weightless melodies to combat the alienation and heartache normally associated with these sounds and these forty-minutes aren’t an escape. There’s nothing robotic about the beat per minute that courses blood through our veins, and as inorganic as the elements of Shapeshifting might be, the young band uses those same beats per minute to remind us we aren’t alone and are still alive.

 

The band will be heading our way with the always fun You Say Party, so me think The Seahorse is the place to be on March 12th.

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MP3:: Young Galaxy - Peripheral Visionaries

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MP3:: Young Galaxy - Cover Your Tracks
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