Arts & Crafts (A&C022)
Unbeknownst to astronomers everywhere, starry constellations of ultra-modern space-pop, interrupted by outbursts of shoegazer noise, have appeared in the spacious atmospherics of western Canada?s brilliant sonic supernova Young Galaxy.
The discovery threatens to eclipse the light emanating from both the Verve and Brit-pop heroes, Doves.
Formed, seemingly, from the ether, Young Galaxy is the creation of Stephen Ramsey and Catherine McCandless. Together, they concoct a cool, detached, metropolitan identity that doesn?t quite jive with the natural surroundings of their home. In essence, the album is giant mall after closing time, empty except for a night watchman, whose loneliness is palpable.
Young Galaxy exhale vocal harmonies that could be lungs expiring their last breath, dying inside arrangements that stretch as endlessly as prairie skies in ?Lost In The Call? and the shimmering pop explosion ?No Matter How Hard
You Try.? As rapturous as The Church, Young Galaxy ride brooding bass lines through quiet, meditative guitar patterns and cloudbursts of feedback in songs like ?Outside The City? before settling into the lazy, pastoral scenery of grand acoustic anthems ?Lazy Religion? and ?Wailing Wall.?
Not as ear-piercingly loud as My Bloody Valentine, with less effects-pedal nausea, Young Galaxy?s pop sensibilities aren?t obsured by feedback storms, and though its sound is thoroughly contemporary, this record is able to transcend time, connecting past and future with melodies that seem born of any age ? see the widescreen, gospel-tinged, soul-searching wonderment of ?The Sun?s Coming Up and My Plane?s Going Down.?
This is the sound of tomorrow, today and yesterday.