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With the lineup stripped down to the duo of Australian producer Isaac Emmanuel and Indonesian singer Melati Malay, Young Magic recorded their latest “experiments” over a year’s time while on tour in Morocco, France, Czech Republic, Australia, Iceland, and their home studio in New York. Where their debut album, Melt, had grander pop aspirations, Breathing Statues focuses on the mystical sounds that can be mined alongside mechanical handclaps. “Something in the Water” captures the ambient sense that guided the 4AD label in the ‘80s, but with this duo’s own peculiar sense of harmony and song structure. The echoed beats falling like rain over Malay’s multitracked vocals on “Ageless” create an enigma that has no intention of being solved. “Fall In” comes closest to conventional pop, with a melody that’s carefully tailored for immediacy’s sake—but even here it’s with an avant-garde touch. “Mythnomer” turns up a dirtier sound, with rhythms that battle one another while studio effects further create a tortured world.

Customer Reviews

Holographic blew me away

I love this album. All of the songs convey a different message and have mystical sounds that make each song unique and make you feel etherial in some way. I really think they should be appraised for what they have released, all albums are rad!

Dang. Not even out yet.

Well, the song 'fall in' is pretty wonderful and I seriously can't even wait for the album to come out. First one was amazing.


Amazingly beautiful album from start to finish. Beyond my expectations. Instantly one of my all-time favorites.


Formed: 2010 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Combining dream pop, trip-hop, electro, and global influences, Young Magic continue in the tradition of bands like My Bloody Valentine and Animal Collective and add a tribal twist. The trio met in New York around 2007, sharing music interests and restless spirits. Australian native Isaac Emmanuel spent 2010 traveling across Europe, then jumping across the pond to New York and down to Mexico, recording music along the way with whatever instruments were available. Meanwhile, bandmate and fellow Aussie...
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