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Listening to the exotic, far-reaching global sounds of Young Magic, one almost wonders why more artists don’t dabble with such a large pallet. How naturally the cut-up, indigenous-sounding vocals and kids’ playground chants fit atop a kaleidoscope of gossamer synths and circling polyrhythm! How rich is the tapestry of airborne guitars, seashell-rattling, and looping West African percussion. How well-paired is the juxtaposition of glitchy electronics stuttering against glowing, electronic cooing and the crisp snap and sparkle of percussive accents. One marvel of this debut is that it features both newer and previously released tracks, recorded in far-flung places like Berlin and Iceland. Stitched together seamlessly (perhaps “Meld” would have been a stronger title), the collection paints a colorful, vibrant soundscape that satisfies as a whole. “Sanctuary” transports listeners to an Indian tableaux, sitars and handclaps circling over a chanted chorus, while tunes like “Drawing on the Moon” and “The Dancer” transport us to an unidentifiable distant place, with layer upon layer of esoteric rhythms and textures. Headphones strongly recommended.

Customer Reviews


Love it and i really dont know why. Just grabs and takes you through diffrent genres other than alternative.

a new favorite!!

this band is very refreshing to hear for the first time! To me, they sound like a cross between MGMT and vampire weekend! Buy at least 3 songs: Sparkly, vivid & vivid, night on the ocean. You won't be disappointed.

agree with the iTunes review!

Just randomly found this album, and instantly I fell in love with it's abstract uniqueness... listenting to it I feel like I'm not even present in reality, but I'm taken to some distant trippy universe(: What a great, mellifluous find!


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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