A whole raft of influences come together on Young Magic’s debut album. The band, now settled in Brooklyn, have travelled a lot both geographically and musically, and it shows in music that is never backwards in coming forward. Big textures and beats support dreamy vocals – but there are some unusual diversions, such as the close alignment to UK garage in ‘Drawing Down The Moon’. At other times the music is suspended in a kind of floaty, psychedelic mood, the drums becoming massive in the likes of ‘Yalam’. At times – ‘Sanctuary’ being a prime example – the band sound like slowed down Foals, but otherwise they forge their own largely impressive path, best experienced on widescreen sound.
4 out of 5
Reviewed By Ben Hogwood