Young Galaxy “Peripheral Visionaries”

By Brad Reno on Wednesday, March 9th, 2011  |  2,031 views

Indie Rock

Young Galaxy “Peripheral Visionaries” Young Galaxy “Peripheral Visionaries”

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Young Galaxy was birthed in the creative nebula surrounding the Arts & Crafts label that seems to have spawned 98% of the music coming out of Canada for the last decade. Former Stars touring guitarist Stephen Ramsay and his girlfriend Catherine McCandless formed the nucleus of the band in Vancouver, before moving to Montreal and recruiting the rest of the unit. Over the course of three albums they’ve crafted an intriguing mix of psychedelia and dream-pop, often sounding like a cross between Fleetwood Mac and Spiritualized.

Young Galaxy traveled to Gothenberg, Sweden, for the recording of Shapeshifting, their third album, and in the process seem to have received a large injection of the year 1985. The muted chicken-scratch guitar and synthetic vocal swells of “Peripheral Visionaries,” the sixth track from Shapeshifting, make the song sound like a spiritual grandchild of Tina Turner’s “We Don’t Need Another Hero” and Icehouse’s “No Promises.” It’s a much smoother sound than anything previously emanating from Young Galaxy, but that’s not a bad thing.

Lyrically, Young Galaxy have weighty topics on their minds, pondering the fact that mankind is able to see more than merely what is visible to the eye. “We exist in more than time and space, keeping a written mythology” sing Ramsay and McCandless in trade-off vocals before harmonizing that “we have seen tears from the eyes of God.” McCandless and Ramsey are both engaging vocalists, but McCandless is something special – her husky vocal presence has star power to spare and manages to simultaneously evoke strength and vulnerability.

With “Peripheral Visionaries,” Young Galaxy have managed to create a song that evokes the title. Staring at it straight on, it’s a pretty good pop song. But around its edges it digs away at deeper meanings.

Shapeshifting was released in mid-February by Paper Bag Records.

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. kostas Says:

    this is great! thanks :)

  2. 678 Says:

    the record wasn’t recorded in gbg

  3. One Track Mind Says:

    @678: You’re right. The label says the songs “were completed at home and then sent away, across the ocean, to one of the world’s most acclaimed and secretive producers. For nine months, Dan Lissvik, half of the Swedish duo Studio, curved and refashioned these tracks; he made and remade them.”

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