YOUNG GALAXY

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Young Galaxy Arts & Crafts ★★★ An­other week, an­other per­fectly formed re­lease from Canada’s Arts & Crafts la­bel. Young Galaxy be­long to a rel­a­tively in­ces­tu­ous mu­sic scene that has spawned the likes of Stars, Feist, Amer­i­can Ana­log Set, Bro­ken So­cial Scene and many oth­ers. Young Galaxy’s Stephen Ram­say and Catherine McCand­less are for­mer mem­bers of Stars, but any sim­i­lar­ity stops right there; the pair’s roots are firmly planted in west­ern Canada’s fron­tier land­scape, and the band’s de­but re­flects just that in a se­ries of ele­men­tal swoops and swipes aimed – specif­i­cally, it would seem – at re­liev­ing life’s many mori­bund pres­sures. The mu­sic is au­ral Aurora Bo­re­alis: colour­ful, melt­ing psych swirls this way and that, beau­ti­fully pitched, un­du­lat­ing and un­der­pinned by bliss­ful dual har­monies. Any re­sem­b­lence to a hol­i­day in Heaven is en­tirely de­lib­er­ate. www.young­galaxy.com

TONY CLAY­TON-LEA Down­load tracks: The Sun’s Com­ing up and My Plane’s Go­ing Down, The Alchemy Be­tween Us, Em­bers

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