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Young Magic
Melt
Carpark Records
www.cargocollective.com/youngmagic


I'm really not sure where these guys came from... left field, maybe. But dang, Young Magic has got something incredible working for them! It's the chaos of A Lull mixed with the beauty of Blonde Redhead. The fact that their new album Melt was produced from random pieces created over the past 2 years almost makes my fascination for them grow. This wasn't constructed with a finely defined plan, it just appeared.

The delicate vocals of "Sparkly" feed into the tambourine shakes, loose coin rattles and tribal cries. There's a grooving beat that somehow creates a gentle sway in each listener. It's intoxicating and oddly comforting all at the same time. Hip-hop synth effects bust out "Slip Time" and manage to keep that sway going. The hip-hop sentiment is complete with a chorus of distorted rapping. You leave the slow hip shakes for the quick body bounces in "You With Air". As the title lyrics get morphed into a single Moby-style chorus the electric keyboard bumps out a pulsating beat reminiscent of a little Depeche Mode. "Santuary" mellows everything down to an almost Beach House level. Vocals float on top of each other and even though that base beat is still there with its African rhythms, there are enough melodies to get this one stuck in your head.

The album (unfortunately) ends with "Drawing Down The Moon". Now it's not an unfortunate song, it's unfortunate that the album has to end. A hint of dubstep peaks out through the beginning of the number and the reverb helps to echo the beautiful voices through your headphones. I say headphones as the music of Young Magic has so many elements to it that it needs your full attention.

From what I could find these guys are brand spanking new, having produced music for no more than 2 years. It is this fact that makes me almost giddy. Young Magic needs to be around for a very long time.

-Rachel Fredrickson

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