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

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

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

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

Likewise. It's total ear candy.

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

sweet

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

can't wait

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

great record

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

very nice

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

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvgWyQ0Xwd4&feature=player_embedded

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

is this the dude from think about life?

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

epic

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

hi fives

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

like the music is seriously gorgeous

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

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

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

the female vocals are very unfortunate :(

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

Well b) is presumably Lissvick's fault?

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

then again, I love the vocals in this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hg2qZLB5_Y
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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven years ago) Permalink

it's kind of like balearic taylor swift

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

ha, otm

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

has anyone seen these guys live? playin tonight in london

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

three weeks pass...

this new album is amazing, these songs are so effortless

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

three months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLMxyKAOops

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

one year passes...
seven months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnAIO_Z89x0

just sayin, Saturday, 19 September 2015 21:41 (two years ago) Permalink

^^

johnny crunch, Sunday, 20 September 2015 19:20 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

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

groovypanda, Tuesday, 6 October 2015 13:58 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

must be love & body are my favs i thnk

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 3 November 2015 15:52 (two years ago) Permalink

Hoping they add some UK dates at some point

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niB1kBbxmQM

groovypanda, Tuesday, 3 November 2015 20:48 (two years ago) Permalink

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

michaellambert, Tuesday, 3 November 2015 22:41 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

ciderpress, Sunday, 6 December 2015 16:32 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

i love every track on it tho tbh

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

:-/

falsework is a great album that totally flopped

gr8080, Saturday, 23 January 2016 17:36 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah it's a really good album

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

i'll be at the nyc show

adam, Saturday, 23 January 2016 23:24 (two years ago) Permalink

Falsework was my fave of the Lissvik albums.

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

one year passes...

very good

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

eight months pass...

New album in April. Not sure if Lissvik is involoved with this one

https://aestheticmagazinetoronto.com/2018/01/10/young-galaxy-announces-new-album-down-time/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRO54r-0lMI

groovypanda, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:11 (three months ago) Permalink

he is in part

sean gramophone, Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:27 (three months ago) Permalink

Oh, yay! I was worried they might have called it quits. Sounds like they came close (then changed tack entirely)

Simon H., Thursday, 11 January 2018 13:14 (three months ago) Permalink

The first sample of the record arrives with lead single "Under My Wing," which Young Galaxy describe as being "about the failure of capitalism, the isolation of suburbia, and the drive to discover sensuality, connection, and a spark of life in the face of despair."

All my faves have become radicalized over time and it rules

Simon H., Thursday, 11 January 2018 13:16 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

We want to say what we want to say when and how we want to say it.

We own all Young Galaxy representations from this point onward, we are the generative source
of all its emissions.

There will be no spin, packaging or look we didn’t choose, determined by someone else’s worship of the almighty dollar/social media algorithm. We worship that deep consensus that comes with getting lost in music. We want to speak music as fluently as we’re able – by tuning in, listening, sharing coordinates, mapping the unfixed and unhinged places we all find ourselves at times. We wade in, fall apart, fail and hold up – articulate as a search for the right words for others trying to hold up, live and love.

We found ourselves at a crossroads after our last album Falsework. We felt represented inaccurately through agents, labels, and other specialists in their fields because we had
deferred to their experience and therefore their values; we just focused on the music. But we
have been packaged wrong: It’s not accurate. We’re not nice. We are fucking kind.

The truth is, we feel less and less interested in being represented by the music industry in its
current state. The routes of communication that we are expected to pump content into feel like
someone else’s, and like its values, are commercial and superficial with no subtlety in its
preferred approach. Just sledgehammer.

For us, art communicates best in nuance, vulnerability, and fluid interpretations. It can speak to
and be made by outsiders, and can access counterculture in a way the industry machine cannot. So after more than 10 years in the music business, we ended many partnerships.

As a female fronted act, popular culture has told us that we should be youthful, hip, and seductive. We felt anomalous in an industry that seemed intent on promoting The Rich, The New, The Wild. That’s NOT US. We own our age, our feminism, our human animal appetites, our role as parents, our grey hairs, rages and introspection. We call out from our autonomous, moving point in the dark because making music is a dialogue for Young Galaxy. We’re trying to reach others, we need to know where they are.

But it’s pitch dark out here and experiencing it can make you hang in pieces, be as grizzled as we are, make you wake in desire, make you rage with pain or loneliness, so we have to call out in all the ways we have and can’t let someone else do it for us.

We’ve now created and run multiple imprints to sustain our art, including our upcoming April 2018 self release of Down Time. Now, we collaborate on and co-produce all our music, artwork, photos, videos, merchandise, social media - the content and the cost of all we create is exclusively ours to bear. It is a site, an ever widening map of collective imaginings, dialogue and collaboration.

So we’re calling out. We would like your support to be heard and we need your coordinates to
Navigate.

CMcC and SR

BE A MESS
GET STRONG
THROW BRIDGES

sean gramophone, Monday, 26 February 2018 15:24 (one month ago) Permalink

For those of you who missed hearing our new single, here it is. We hope you like our new direction https://t.co/3PicG2aEo0

— Young Galaxy (@younggalaxy) January 11, 2018

gr8080, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 12:57 (one month ago) Permalink

uhmm

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 13:00 (one month ago) Permalink

lmao

always rooting for these folks

Simon H., Tuesday, 27 February 2018 13:03 (one month ago) Permalink

[url=http://www.northerntransmissions.com/song-of-the-day/catch-breath-young-galaxy/'Catch Your Breath'[/url] is really good.

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 13:04 (one month ago) Permalink

smh

Catch Your Breath

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 27 February 2018 13:05 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VVnTMl25uw

groovypanda, Thursday, 29 March 2018 14:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

new record is pretty subdued but is rewarding repeated listens. there's less lissvik, i think, but no drop in quality.

seeing them tonight, psyched b/c their last tour was bananas and fantastic

adam, Friday, 13 April 2018 14:07 (one week ago) Permalink


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