10 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Montreal’s Young Galaxy takes inspiration from the ‘80s heyday of romantic synth-pop on its fourth album, Ultramarine. This collection builds on the strengths of 2011’s Shapeshifting, once again tapping Swedish producer Dan Lissvik to give the tracks a polished luster. Young Galaxy may have turned away from the effects-laden guitars and organic drums of its earlier days in favor of oscillating keyboards and programmed beats, but the results are anything but cold and robotic. Vocalist Catherine McCandless projects a stately yet vulnerable presence that fits the album's nostalgic mood. The first single, “Pretty Boy,” sets Ultramarine’s tone with defiantly idealistic lyrics and a rippling techno groove. Themes of furtive love and fleeting good times lend tracks like “New Summer” and “Privileged Poor” a bittersweet pang without descending into the maudlin. Young Galaxy gets creative with its rhythms, veering from the slightly askew tropical strains of “Fall for You” to the crisp British Invasion pulse of “Fever” and the Let’s Dance–era Bowie funk of “Out the Gate Backward.” Finely wrought and as tender as a bruise.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Montreal’s Young Galaxy takes inspiration from the ‘80s heyday of romantic synth-pop on its fourth album, Ultramarine. This collection builds on the strengths of 2011’s Shapeshifting, once again tapping Swedish producer Dan Lissvik to give the tracks a polished luster. Young Galaxy may have turned away from the effects-laden guitars and organic drums of its earlier days in favor of oscillating keyboards and programmed beats, but the results are anything but cold and robotic. Vocalist Catherine McCandless projects a stately yet vulnerable presence that fits the album's nostalgic mood. The first single, “Pretty Boy,” sets Ultramarine’s tone with defiantly idealistic lyrics and a rippling techno groove. Themes of furtive love and fleeting good times lend tracks like “New Summer” and “Privileged Poor” a bittersweet pang without descending into the maudlin. Young Galaxy gets creative with its rhythms, veering from the slightly askew tropical strains of “Fall for You” to the crisp British Invasion pulse of “Fever” and the Let’s Dance–era Bowie funk of “Out the Gate Backward.” Finely wrought and as tender as a bruise.

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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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