Young Galaxy - Shapeshifting (2011) ~*produced by Studio's D. Lissvik*~

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gr8080, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 07:16 (six years ago) Permalink

(leaked today)

gr8080, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 07:16 (six years ago) Permalink

i think i'm going to listen to this album a lot this year

gr8080, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 07:56 (six years ago) Permalink

Likewise. It's total ear candy.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 08:01 (six years ago) Permalink

sweet

*kl0p* (deej), Wednesday, 2 February 2011 08:45 (six years ago) Permalink

can't wait

bert, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 09:44 (six years ago) Permalink

Really feeling this on first listen. Love that album cover too.

o0o00h really? (boxedjoy), Wednesday, 2 February 2011 11:40 (six years ago) Permalink

streaming here: http://exclaim.ca/#albumoftheweek

skip, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 14:49 (six years ago) Permalink

love the woozy Studio-esque intro/backing track to "Peripheral Visionaries".

skip, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 15:14 (six years ago) Permalink

great record

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 15:28 (six years ago) Permalink

very nice

talk talk talk (diamonddave85), Wednesday, 2 February 2011 16:33 (six years ago) Permalink

Listening now, 4 tracks in. I quite like this. Young Galaxy were a band I'd unfairly pegged as being vaguely peripheral Stars/Broken Social Scene adjacent inheritors due to their first LP being on Arts & Crafts. This takes the best of what I'd heard from them with gorgeous gorgeous Lissvik stuff. "We Have Everything" sounds like a disco-house remix classic waiting to happen.

Alex in Montreal, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 18:28 (six years ago) Permalink

Cool new psychedelic animated video. V "Paranoid Android".

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 19:33 (six years ago) Permalink

their first LP

I loved "The Alchemy Between Us" which closed that record out, but thought the rest was kinda in one ear/out the other (and thought that about the entire second record). This new one is superb, thanks in no small part to Lissvik I imagine.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 19:39 (six years ago) Permalink

is this the dude from think about life?

flopson, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 19:40 (six years ago) Permalink

epic

omar little, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 19:45 (six years ago) Permalink

haha when i heard this yesterday was thinking that gr8080 wld be so into this

Prom Dressantino 2011 (Lamp), Wednesday, 2 February 2011 19:50 (six years ago) Permalink

hi fives

gr8080, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 20:05 (six years ago) Permalink

would be more excited if these were all less vocal (if not vocal-less) dub versions

like a musical album. made by a band. (fucking in the streets), Wednesday, 2 February 2011 20:09 (six years ago) Permalink

i think i like the dude's vocals better than the female ones but overall i don't mind either.

some dub/remix versions would be cool to hear though.

gr8080, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 20:29 (six years ago) Permalink

I agree with FITS, this would be miles better without the vocals. The female singer in particular is hard to listen to.

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 20:33 (six years ago) Permalink

the vocals works sometimes (really like the interplay on 'peripheral visions') less so other times (cover your tracks) but i agree that a dubbier remix wld be rad

i kinda just more ~cosmic~ remixes of some of these let em strech towards the horizon

Prom Dressantino 2011 (Lamp), Wednesday, 2 February 2011 20:38 (six years ago) Permalink

so frustrating, such great vibey production and such annoying vocals dragging it down. what kind of savages do you have to be to sing like that over music like this >:(

lextasy refix (lex pretend), Wednesday, 2 February 2011 21:38 (six years ago) Permalink

like the music is seriously gorgeous

lextasy refix (lex pretend), Wednesday, 2 February 2011 21:38 (six years ago) Permalink

i guess it's not DREADFUL, unlistenable singing...but it's still lifeless and affectless and DULL

lextasy refix (lex pretend), Wednesday, 2 February 2011 21:40 (six years ago) Permalink

Peripheral Visions is easily the best vocal on the album. The woman's singing style is all 'i'm very important and saying something very deep and important'. B.S.E. would be an amazing instrumental closer but unfortunately it's a song i'll probably never listen to again.

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 22:01 (six years ago) Permalink

this isn't the case of uh vocals thrown over music - the music/arrangements were created around the vocals, in large part by lissvik, without feedback from the band.

i think it's lovely - forceful, much more personal than studio's stuff - but if the vocals bug you don't misinterpret this as "young galaxy fucking with the music".

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 22:09 (six years ago) Permalink

Lissvik was incredibly successful using the same technique to produce Victoria Bergman's album so this is definitely a case of terrible vocals ruining otherwise spectacular music. I understand the process used but the downfall of the album is still the vocals, not the music. I guess it's Lissvik's fault for agreeing to use the vocals they provided. Also, echoing castanets are my new favorite sound.

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 22:16 (six years ago) Permalink

The guy reminds me more than a bit of Kelley Polar - direct delivery, medium-thin tone, inconsistent application of vibrato, and good pitch. This is how most male singers sound before they get a lot of training and I like the effect. The woman's singing has an alt-rock tinge and a similar 'accomplished amateur' sound. I'm not sure what the problem is with either of them.

skip, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 22:43 (six years ago) Permalink

for me what's irksome isn't so much the sound of their voices but the lyrics themselves; they're dramatic to the point of parody.

ianmaxwell, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 23:05 (six years ago) Permalink

lol @ the closing track making me think of The Black Swan

gr8080, Thursday, 3 February 2011 00:06 (six years ago) Permalink

the female vocals are very unfortunate :(

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Thursday, 3 February 2011 00:30 (six years ago) Permalink

lotta picky ppl in this thread. if the 'indieness' of the vocals is seriously ruining your enjoyment of this excellent music then I don't know what to tell you, except maybe grow a pair (of ears). but I suspect that at least a handful of y'all will eventually get over it and discover, once the stockholm syndrome sets in, that yr earlier dismissiveness was just the new 2k11 twist on the 'guilty pleasure' mindset.

The guy reminds me more than a bit of Kelley Polar - direct delivery, medium-thin tone, inconsistent application of vibrato, and good pitch. This is how most male singers sound before they get a lot of training and I like the effect. The woman's singing has an alt-rock tinge and a similar 'accomplished amateur' sound. I'm not sure what the problem is with either of them.

― skip, Wednesday, February 2, 2011 10:43 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark


the problem is that THEY ARE NOT HEAVILY-AUTOTUNED PROFESSIONAL SINGERS HOW DARE THEIR INSULT OUR EARS WITH THIS NONSENSE~
(but yeah, otm)

proso_Opopoeia (bernard snowy), Thursday, 3 February 2011 11:52 (six years ago) Permalink

Second and third times through this album I didn't really like it as much as I did my first go round. Time to put it away for a while and come back to it later.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 3 February 2011 11:54 (six years ago) Permalink

god forbid we have actual standards of adequacy for vocals as well as arrangements

lextasy refix (lex pretend), Thursday, 3 February 2011 12:06 (six years ago) Permalink

You guys are just making them sound like XX vocals, which are about as mumbly and flat as you can get.

Matt DC, Thursday, 3 February 2011 12:07 (six years ago) Permalink

xx vox a) conveyed emotion really well and b) fit their arrangements perfectly, neither of which is the case here

lextasy refix (lex pretend), Thursday, 3 February 2011 12:09 (six years ago) Permalink

though if either of young galaxy had a voice of romy xx's calibre we probably wouldn't be having this discussion

lextasy refix (lex pretend), Thursday, 3 February 2011 12:10 (six years ago) Permalink

Well b) is presumably Lissvick's fault?

Matt DC, Thursday, 3 February 2011 12:11 (six years ago) Permalink

i do blame him for agreeing to work with these people in the first place, rather than just making lovely instrumental music or maybe working with singers with a modicum of talent - tho iirc picking decent vocalists was not a studio strong point either

lextasy refix (lex pretend), Thursday, 3 February 2011 12:13 (six years ago) Permalink

Lissvik's hand is definitely heavy in this. It's almost as if he's turned Young Galaxy into his own Vanity 6.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 3 February 2011 12:14 (six years ago) Permalink

lex — I understand having "standards" but like... the vocal parts aren't demanding! and they aren't all that prominent in the mix! at the risk of cliche, they're 'just another instrument' — and I don't know what "singers with a modicum of talent" (presumably more than just carrying a tune, which, as skip points out, they both do just fine) would bring to the table, apart from the risk of upending the whole thing.

to sum up my beef in a single sentence: I feel like people here are reacting more to the perceived connotations of 'indieness' than to the actual music.

proso_Opopoeia (bernard snowy), Thursday, 3 February 2011 12:32 (six years ago) Permalink

then again, I love the vocals in this:

so perhaps I am just an odd duck

having come of age musically in the laptop era, I guess I've always kind of associated electronic music with (the possibility of) charmingly amateurish singing — but I don't see it as "indie" at all in either intention or results

proso_Opopoeia (bernard snowy), Thursday, 3 February 2011 12:38 (six years ago) Permalink

I don't know what "singers with a modicum of talent" (presumably more than just carrying a tune, which, as skip points out, they both do just fine) would bring to the table

well, what attracts me to the music is basically the blissed-out ~cosmic~ vibes it brings - the spaciousness that you can sink into. basically it creates this perfect mood. but the ordinariness of the vocals - the lack of reach and the lack of ecstasy in them - works against that mood for me, and kind of ruins it. (cf vocalists who i think have worked really well on balearic-sounding music - christabelle, kathy diamond, qzen...)

lextasy refix (lex pretend), Thursday, 3 February 2011 12:51 (six years ago) Permalink

okay, that's cool, I can understand faulting them for "lack of ecstasy" if that's what you feel the music is calling for — appreciate you taking the time to elaborate yr position!

proso_Opopoeia (bernard snowy), Thursday, 3 February 2011 12:55 (six years ago) Permalink

(... but I might have to disagree with you on "We Have Everything", which is easily my favorite track so far — I think the vocals there do achieve a level of genuine ecstasy)

proso_Opopoeia (bernard snowy), Thursday, 3 February 2011 13:19 (six years ago) Permalink

The bloke's vocals are fine. Also, the two duetting sound good cf. 'visionaries', but yeah, it's just a shame that the woman's vocals are foregrounded at any point. Still I am sure I will make my peace w/ them

Vasco da Gama, Thursday, 3 February 2011 13:34 (six years ago) Permalink

well, what attracts me to the music is basically the blissed-out ~cosmic~ vibes it brings - the spaciousness that you can sink into. basically it creates this perfect mood. but the ordinariness of the vocals - the lack of reach and the lack of ecstasy in them - works against that mood for me, and kind of ruins it. (cf vocalists who i think have worked really well on balearic-sounding music - christabelle, kathy diamond, qzen...)

Having heard the first half of this I think you're guilty of misunderstanding what Lissvik and the band are attempting here. The vocals are totally appropriate for the music, vocalists actually SOUNDED like this in the 80s, on records that Lissvik is obviously hugely influenced by.

It's telling that the three vocalists you mention are all from the glossier and more disco-oriented end of the spectrum whereas Lissvik and Studio draw from naff 80s yacht pop and (on West Coast at least) post-punk as much if not more as they do from disco. The vibe is 'seaside wine bar' more than 'ecstacy'.

That said I'm not sure how much I like this record, the vocalists are almost too studied in their manner for the music and in there with the backing the whole thing feels a bit pastichey in a bad way.

Matt DC, Thursday, 3 February 2011 14:01 (six years ago) Permalink

What I'm getting I think is that you like Lissvik/Studio more that most of what they're influenced by (which is often a bit naff, kind of cheesy, and amateurish as much as it's transcendent) and then when he goes and does something like this, which is totally consistent with his whole aesthetic, you try and rationalise out the bits that you don't like when they're really part and parcel of what he's been doing all along.

Matt DC, Thursday, 3 February 2011 14:13 (six years ago) Permalink

if he wants to make wine bar music why can't he get sade-calibre singers in :(

lextasy refix (lex pretend), Thursday, 3 February 2011 14:22 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm not sure about this overall, New Summer is amazing but overall it's a bit sickly, and most of the songwriting still isn't that great.

Matt DC, Thursday, 9 May 2013 10:15 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I could happily take the Peaking Lights remix, "New Summer" and "Out the Gate Backwards" and leave the rest.

scintilla (seandalai), Thursday, 9 May 2013 10:35 (three years ago) Permalink

How could people not be into "Fall For You", the last thirty seconds especially

Tim F, Thursday, 9 May 2013 10:38 (three years ago) Permalink

the last 30 secs of that are just fading out backing vox?

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Thursday, 9 May 2013 11:01 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm not sure about this overall, New Summer is amazing but overall it's a bit sickly, and most of the songwriting still isn't that great.

― Matt DC, Thursday, May 9, 2013 10:15 AM (49 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Oh, it's definitely sugary music, but I've always found room for the sugary from time to time... overall though, I just love the way this album sounds.

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Thursday, 9 May 2013 11:07 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh I mean the 30 seconds before that

Tim F, Thursday, 9 May 2013 11:25 (three years ago) Permalink

this type of sound is starting to grate a bit for me.

... (LocalGarda), Thursday, 9 May 2013 11:28 (three years ago) Permalink

cannot, cannot understand why someone would possibly prefer Peaking Lights' "Pretty Boy" remix over the original

sean gramophone, Thursday, 9 May 2013 19:16 (three years ago) Permalink

I would have said the same two weeks ago, and then it clicked. Right about the time I bought better headphones, though that might just be coincidence.

scintilla (seandalai), Thursday, 9 May 2013 20:48 (three years ago) Permalink

Into this!!

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 12 May 2013 23:20 (three years ago) Permalink

this type of sound is starting to grate a bit for me.

― ... (LocalGarda), Thursday, 9 May 2013 11:28 AM (4 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I think I felt this when I was first listening to "Pretty Boy", and I definitely still feel this way about "What We Want", but the songs are sonically diverse enough, and (this time) the songwriting strong enough, to get away with the fact that it's basically a 2007 record.

Tim F, Monday, 13 May 2013 01:04 (three years ago) Permalink

"meet me by the river / let's go for a ride / with the windows down and the STEREO LOUD"

<3 <3 <3 <3

― flamenco drop (lex pretend), Thursday, May 2, 2013 8:03 PM (1 week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

moment of the album

caek, Monday, 13 May 2013 20:41 (three years ago) Permalink

it's kind of like balearic taylor swift

flamenco drop (lex pretend), Monday, 13 May 2013 20:42 (three years ago) Permalink

ha, otm

gr8080, Monday, 13 May 2013 20:43 (three years ago) Permalink

has anyone seen these guys live? playin tonight in london

just sayin, Monday, 20 May 2013 08:51 (three years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

this new album is amazing, these songs are so effortless

johnny crunch, Saturday, 15 June 2013 05:03 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I haven't dug it out to listen to for a while, but I fully expect to still like it when I get around to hearing it again!

The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Wednesday, 19 June 2013 03:01 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Deluxe edition coming out soon, listening to the promo -- mostly remixes but some of those are great!

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 29 August 2013 04:03 (three years ago) Permalink

"Crying Your Heart Out" (new song) is great https://soundcloud.com/paper-bag-records/young-galaxy-crying-my-heart-2/s-1H9fn

sean gramophone, Thursday, 29 August 2013 16:14 (three years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

groovypanda, Thursday, 12 December 2013 09:20 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

⊤ℝolliℵg M∃th H∑a∂ (seandalai), Saturday, 7 February 2015 17:39 (two years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

just sayin, Saturday, 19 September 2015 21:41 (one year ago) Permalink

^^

johnny crunch, Sunday, 20 September 2015 19:20 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?t=26&v=TUQz9aHeTvM

groovypanda, Tuesday, 6 October 2015 13:58 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Well, the new album is great.

Not sure there's anything on a par with New Summer or Cover Your Tracks (although that might change on repeated listens) but as a cohesive whole it's possibly better than the last one.

Entire thing is streaming on Soundcloud at the moment too

https://soundcloud.com/paper-bag-records/sets/young-galaxy-falsework/s-yoaPL

groovypanda, Friday, 30 October 2015 19:54 (one year ago) Permalink

Factory Flaws is the standout for me on the first couple of listens

I am using your worlds, Saturday, 31 October 2015 16:27 (one year ago) Permalink

must be love & body are my favs i thnk

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 3 November 2015 15:52 (one year ago) Permalink

Hoping they add some UK dates at some point

groovypanda, Tuesday, 3 November 2015 20:48 (one year ago) Permalink

I too like this new album, more than I liked the last one.

michaellambert, Tuesday, 3 November 2015 22:41 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

so i guess i'm over the issues i had with the vocals four years ago, b/c i totally love their new album. i'm gonna have to go back and see if i'm into the older ones now, too.

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Monday, 23 November 2015 03:05 (one year ago) Permalink

they've really mastered these springy synthfunk grooves at this point, this is nice

ciderpress, Sunday, 6 December 2015 16:32 (one year ago) Permalink

Factory Flaws grabbed me right away; lacking any more esoteric points of reference, I hear it as something between Talking Heads "This Must Be the Place" and Martin Rushent-era Human League.

Now the rest of the album is growing on me.

fka styx (paul santa cruz), Sunday, 6 December 2015 20:08 (one year ago) Permalink

the factory flaws - body - ready to shine run is perfect, ready to shine is vintage lissvik... those bouncy acoustic guitars, that elastic bassline, twinkling synths and chimes, mmm

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Monday, 7 December 2015 00:04 (one year ago) Permalink

i love every track on it tho tbh

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Monday, 7 December 2015 00:05 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Not sure what to make of this:

@younggalaxy
don't mean to sound dramatic, but these upcoming shows are all or nothing for us. if ur on the fence, consider that http://www.songkick.com/concerts/25331569-young-galaxy-at-le-poisson-rouge

groovypanda, Friday, 22 January 2016 19:58 (one year ago) Permalink

:-/

falsework is a great album that totally flopped

gr8080, Saturday, 23 January 2016 17:36 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah it's a really good album

droit au butt (Euler), Saturday, 23 January 2016 17:46 (one year ago) Permalink

It seems to have gained no critical traction or discussion and I really don't understand why given that it's a distinct enough proposition from the previous two yet has the quality, and attached producer, of those albums.

boxedjoy, Saturday, 23 January 2016 18:48 (one year ago) Permalink

i don't know if it's related to the above but they canceled their shows in L.A., S.F., and Vancouver : /

nomar, Saturday, 23 January 2016 18:51 (one year ago) Permalink

These handful of live shows are going to be stunning, and very unusual for a band at their level - highly choreographed, with elaborate lighting and set. Really hope people turn out (and critics turn up) to see the breadth of their vision what they're capable of.

sean gramophone, Saturday, 23 January 2016 22:44 (one year ago) Permalink

i'll be at the nyc show

adam, Saturday, 23 January 2016 23:24 (one year ago) Permalink

Falsework was my fave of the Lissvik albums.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Sunday, 24 January 2016 19:15 (one year ago) Permalink

cosign sean here on the live show, great stuff. mirrored led synth triggered obelisks and gusgus dancing. best $12 i've spent in a long time.

adam, Friday, 29 January 2016 13:00 (one year ago) Permalink

y'all sold me, seeing 'em next month in TO

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 29 January 2016 13:03 (one year ago) Permalink

Bought tickets to see them tonight....

About 40mins before this tweet:

https://twitter.com/subtchicago/status/695731352554074112

gr8080, Friday, 5 February 2016 23:17 (one year ago) Permalink

Had tickets to see them Wednesday night but was too tired from work to go. I feel bad.

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Friday, 5 February 2016 23:19 (one year ago) Permalink

They were really good in Toronto tonight, despite Catherine suffering from a chest cold that prompted her to stop the set and ask the crowd if they thought she sounded OK enough for the show to be worthwhile - then gritted through another 10 or so songs like a trooper.

Fuck the loud, beer-clinking bros behind me, though. An unexpected nuisance, doubly annoying because the band was relatively quiet.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 18 February 2016 04:57 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

very good

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Thursday, 13 April 2017 21:34 (one week ago) Permalink


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