Seek­ing Con­nec­tion

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Down Time

Young Galaxy have al­tered their sound, band mem­ber­ship and busi­ness model on Down Time, to glo­ri­ous ef­fect. The al­bum marks the band’s first fully in­de­pen­dent re­lease, one that deals with the emo­tional pro­cesses and ques­tions that come out of liv­ing in to­day’s so­cio-po­lit­i­cal cli­mate, along with a height­ened need for in­ti­macy. Its pro­duc­tion is warm and full, with lyrics that are at once univer­sal and per­sonal. There is a pull to­ward hope on the al­bum, de­spite its set­ting: the lyrics de­pict iso­la­tion and an in­her­ent dis­con­nec­tion, while in­di­vid­u­als search for gen­uine bonds.

Down Time feels like a balm — but one firmly rooted in the present. De­sire and long­ing col­lide on the beat-heavy “River,” one of many stel­lar ex­am­ples of Stephen Ram­say’s pro­duc­tion. Each song on the record fits ef­fort­lessly into the sonic world that the duo have cre­ated, one that soothes as much as it en­gages. Past sin­gles “Stay for Real” and “Elu­sive Dream” use down­tempo elec­tron­ics to re­fine lyrics about the need for au­then­tic­ity and the of­ten­times ter­ri­fy­ing state of the world, re­spec­tively. This Young Galaxy have a mes­sage to share: we must trans­gress to cre­ate our

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own fu­ture. (In­de­pen­dent)

What are the themes on this record?

Ram­say: It’s very much about trans­gres­sion, it’s like break­ing out of your shell, it’s sex­ual lib­er­a­tion in some senses — those are un­der­cur­rents. It’s hard to talk about, in a way, be­cause I don’t want it to sound... it’s not overt at all, it’s like a need on a very fun­da­men­tal, cel­lu­lar level. And even that’s get­ting tricky! Even that is be­com­ing hard for peo­ple, to ex­press them­selves that way.

Was this al­bum in­ten­tion­ally cre­ated to be an es­cape from a bar­rage of in­for­ma­tion?

We wanted to present things that were maybe com­plex ideas in a way that also could have some sort of cathar­sis — it could feel vast and sen­sual and open-ended, so that the lyrics, per­haps these al­lu­sions to dif­fi­cult sub­ject mat­ter, wouldn’t be en­cased in trau­ma­tiz­ing or anx­ious feel­ings. Of­fer­ing paths of open-ended ques­tions around dif­fi­cult sub­jects, and hope­fully with enough at­mos­phere and depth that it can al­low peo­ple to im­merse them­selves and feel that sense of in­tro­spec­tion, with­out feel­ing un­nerved or de­pressed about it.

and as­sorted strange­ness. There’s a pen­chant for Hawai­ian gui­tar licks now and then, but also car horns, drinks pour­ing, ex­plo­sions, car­toon munch­ing sounds and Tony Rob­bins. Lead sin­gle “Some­thing for Your M.I.N.D.” is still the most strik­ing track here, its un­ex­pected hook al­most rewrit­ing the rules of catch­i­ness. Com­par­isons could be made to sim­i­larly sprawl­ing su­per­groups like the Go! Team, but Su­per­or­gan­ism are in­fin­itely more giddy and un­hinged, of­fer­ing up one of the most thor­oughly ex­cit­ing takes on pop mu­sic so far this year. (Domino) HARDCORE

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