young galaxy undergo transformation
  • FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2010

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Young Galaxy are on a roll: their last album, Invisible Republic, was nominated for the prestigious Polaris Prize, and their tune "Destroyer" was nominated for the SOCAN Echo Songwriting prize, not to mention opening gigs for major acts including Arcade Fire. The band recently decided it was the perfect time to release an album that, according to the press release, is "unlike anything the four-piece have done before?!" An admirably bold move for a band making major waves doing exactly what they were doing. You've got to admire their gusto.

For their forthcoming third album, Shapeshifters, Young Galaxy have turned away from their epic rock textures and towards a more new wave influenced, synth-driven sound, undertaking a transatlantic collaboration with Swedish producer and half of Studio Dan Lissvik to completely retool their sound into a "parallel universe version of their own band." Sounds like Fringe viral marketing.

Good move? You decide — after checking out the leadoff release, "Peripheral Visionaries," below. Shapeshifters will see a full release on February 8th, 2011 through Paper Bag Records. The band has no specific tour dates booked but promise they will be playing the new tunes out at some point after the new year. -peter menniti

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MP3: "Peripheral Visionaries" (Shapeshifters)
Young Galaxy on Myspace

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