Young Galaxy is an indie rock/dream pop Canadian group that originated in Vancouver, B.C. in 2005.
Their sound is compared to Pink Floyd and Luna with elements of shoegaze and electronic-oriented soundscapes.
Originally on Arts&Crafts records (A recording company staple based out of Toronto), they have been releasing under Paper Bag records in recent years with a noticeable stylistic shift towards dance music elements.
Catherine McCandless features a more prominent role as a lead singer.
I watched Young Galaxy perform at SAIT’s The Gateway on September 21st and to my amazement saw a very minimal set up using background projections as an added element to a dream like set list.
The crowd gathered as they hit the stage and everyone was hypnotically entranced holding their gaze upon Catherine’s captivating eyes.
“She sounds like Dolores from The Cranberries,” I heard one audience member say.
The fours would hit the floor and everyone was crooning and dancing with their hands waving like flags.
Doused in 90’s vibes, even down to Catherine McCandless’ outfit of leather overalls to the swept back short hair, the crowd couldn’t help but move to the swaying dream pop resonating throughout the venue.
She gave a deadpan stare and moved elegantly with a shaker in her hand that seemed automated everytime she shook it but instead was rhythmically moving to the beat of the drums.
When they released their self-titled debut album back in 2007, their music was quickly being recognized for its well-crafted songs that carried you to a place you’ve never been to.
Even when you think you haven’t heard them before, you might have caught their tune “The Sun’s Coming up and My Plane’s Going Down” in the Canadian film “Y.P.F (Young People F**king)”.
It’s to no one’s surprise that they’ve accredited praise release after release while expanding their sound to incorporate electronic elements such as midi drums in their foray of instruments.
Their music has shifted in tone but hasn’t lost its edge.
They’ve adopted a more “impressionistic” writing style, says Stephen Ramsay (guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist), instead of using the verse-chorus-verse progression commonly found in all types of music.
Their new album Ultramarine, which was longlisted as a nominee for the sought after Polaris Music Prize, is available in your local music stores.
You can catch Young Galaxy continue their U.S. tour from September 27th through November 10th.
Check out “Embers” from their self-titled release and “Fall For You” off of Ultramarine.
by: Dylan Streifel