Shapeshifting by Young Galaxy on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

After breaking with their drummer following their last album, Catherine McCandless and Stephen Ramsay move on to forge a new sound for Young Galaxy on the aptly titled Shapeshifting. Teaming up with producer Dan Lissvik, half of the Swedish duo Studio, their third release continues their dream-wave fascination while adding elements of synth pop, electronica, and dance music. The result is a lush album built around shimmering layers of sound, twinkling keyboards, slinky guitar figures, and some delightfully melodramatic production touches. McCandless and Ramsay trade lead vocals throughout, and the stark differences between their voices keeps things interesting as they sing about stars, chemical reactions, the elements, astrology, and various agents of energy and change. This vocal contrast is particularly apparent on the excellent “Peripheral Visionaries,” on which they harmonize to great effect. Elsewhere there’s dance music (“We Have Everything”), new-wave inspired pop (“Phantoms,” “B.S.E.,”), and arresting and textured tracks featuring McCandless’ rich vocals (“Blown Minded,” “For Dear Life,” “High and Goodbye”).

EDITORS’ NOTES

After breaking with their drummer following their last album, Catherine McCandless and Stephen Ramsay move on to forge a new sound for Young Galaxy on the aptly titled Shapeshifting. Teaming up with producer Dan Lissvik, half of the Swedish duo Studio, their third release continues their dream-wave fascination while adding elements of synth pop, electronica, and dance music. The result is a lush album built around shimmering layers of sound, twinkling keyboards, slinky guitar figures, and some delightfully melodramatic production touches. McCandless and Ramsay trade lead vocals throughout, and the stark differences between their voices keeps things interesting as they sing about stars, chemical reactions, the elements, astrology, and various agents of energy and change. This vocal contrast is particularly apparent on the excellent “Peripheral Visionaries,” on which they harmonize to great effect. Elsewhere there’s dance music (“We Have Everything”), new-wave inspired pop (“Phantoms,” “B.S.E.,”), and arresting and textured tracks featuring McCandless’ rich vocals (“Blown Minded,” “For Dear Life,” “High and Goodbye”).

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About Young Galaxy

Ex-Stars touring guitarist Stephen Ramsay founded space rock outfit Young Galaxy with girlfriend Catherine McCandless. The two got started in Vancouver and relocated to Montreal to live and record. They were brought on board Stars' label, Arts & Crafts, and released an EP and limited-edition 7". With a live lineup in place, Young Galaxy toured with the Dears in fall 2006. In April 2007 the band presented a self-titled debut album featuring contributions from the Dears, the Besnard Lakes, Stars, Patrick Watson, and A Silver Mt. Zion. In 2009 they delivered the sophomore album Invisible Republic on Fontana North. It was released the following year on Paper Bag Records and garnered a 2010 Polaris Music Prize nomination. Young Galaxy followed up with 2011's Shapeshifting, featuring production by Dan Lissvik of the Swedish band Studio. Two years later, they released their fourth studio album, Ultramarine. In 2015, Young Galaxy returned with their fifth album and third with producer Lissvik, the atmospheric and synthy Falsework. ~ Kenyon Hopkin

  • ORIGIN
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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