In light of recent global events, from the refugee and U.S. election crises to the passing of many musical and cultural totems, Montreal band…Read More
inding beauty in the everyday may sometimes be a tricky task, but the best art does just that – holds up a mirror to the small yet significant details that make up our lives. In an era where the world seems to move at warp speed and incisive reflection is limited to the latest blog post, Montreal band Young Galaxy’s songs remind us of the richness of our universal experiences – from love and loss to despair and hope.
Invisible Republic, Young Galaxy’s sophomore release, built upon founding duo Stephen Ramsay (guitars, vocals) and Catherine McCandless’ (keyboards, vocals) penchant for transforming the mundane into the fantastic – catchy hooks build into epic crescendos, while political and ethical concerns share space with emotional observations.
For their third LP, Young Galaxy gave themselves away. Shapreshifting’s 11 new songs, lithe and mesmerizing, were completed at home and then sent away, across the ocean, to one of the world’s most acclaimed and secretive producers. For nine months, Dan Lissvik, half of the Swedish duo Studio, curved and refashioned these tracks; he made and remade them.
In October, Lissvik sat down at his computer in Gothenburg. Young Galaxy sat down at their computer in Montreal. And across 3,500 miles, Skype-ing with a friend they have never met, Young Galaxy heard their third album for the first time.
The finished album is glittering, seductive and utterly unlike anything Young Galaxy have done before. After the Polaris-nominated Invisible Republic, Young Galaxy were dreaming of transformation, transmutation, change. They imagined the parallel universe version of their own band, a Young Galaxy that was never “epic”, rarely “rock” – instead sexy, spacious, haunted by ghosts in silver, black and primary colours. Whereas they once wrote songs of pounding drums and cresting guitar, this time the four-piece sketched their love of New Order, the Knife and the Eurythmics.
Lissvik, best known for his work with Studio and recent remixes for Fever Ray and Bear In Heaven, has helped make Shapeshifting a thing of cold reverb and hot drums, synth and coo, luck and loss. After a year that’s seen them play with Arcade Fire, Stars, Twin Shadow and many more, Young Galaxy has brought these songs on tour for their worldwide fans.
After the recent release of their latest full-length Falsework, via Paperbag Records, Young Galaxy have released a bonus track from the album. Young Galaxy…Read More
Last week, Montreal’s Young Galaxy released their new album Falsework via Paper Bag Records. Today, they announce a run of dates in North America…Read More
Young Galaxy’s 2011 full-length Shapeshifting came with a very telling album title. While the band’s earliest releases were marked with the kind of guitar-driven…Read More
Following Young Galaxy’s album listening party last night on Twitter, The band’s new album, Falsework, is still streaming online and also here on soundcloud. Young…Read More
Young Galaxy have shared “Ready to Shine,” a new track from their upcoming album Falsework. The band will release Falsework world-wide on Paper Bag…Read More
Young Galaxy have released their second single from their forthcoming full-length Falsework. The track “Factory Flaws” is available to stream below. as well as…Read More
Montreal’s Young Galaxy will release their new album Falsework world-wide on Paper Bag Records on October 30th. The album is the follow-up to Ultramarine…Read More
Sally Shapiro’s Johan Agebjörn is set to release a brand-new studio album on February 10th on Paper Bag Records. Notes marks a new musical…Read More
Young Galaxy are set to release a new single with three stunning remixes of Ultramarine’s stand-out track “Privileged Poor”. The single will be available digitally from Paper Bag Records on Tuesday, November 5th. An extremely limited 12″,Read More
Young Galaxy debuts their new video for “Sleepwalk With Me”, the final track from their acclaimed Ultramarine. Directed by Fabricio Lima, who was inspired by a heartfelt story of a relationship between two soldiers during the Second World War,Read More
Young Galaxy will release their album Ultramarine with b-sides, remixes and unreleased songs including the stunning, brand new single ‘Crying My Heart Out’. Listen to the song here. Ultramarine [Deluxe Edition] with be available on September 24th,Read More