Young Magic are back and excited to announce their sophomore record, Breathing Statues, out May 6th on Carpark Records. Ethereal, drifting first single “Fall In” can be streamed now.
Reigning in the melodic chaos of their previous works, the dystopian beats on Young Magic’s second release Breathing Statues were conceived in a new series of experiments. The sonic pairing between Indonesian vocalist Melati Malay and Australian producer Isaac Emmanuel, the two pieced together the album over the past year while on tour, recording in Morocco, France, Czech Republic, Australia, Iceland and their home studio in New York.
In the spirit of the album’s spontaneity, the band invited a harpist to improvise over their songs, layering celestial fragments over the record’s cavernous beats. The album operates in these extremes, with the airiness of Malay’s vocals set in sharp contrast with the claustrophobic doom of Emmanuel’s warped percussion. With Breathing Statues, Young Magic’s series of audio experimentations coalesce into a new holographic landscape, showing a band progressing with ambition towards a sound uniquely their own. A lush and distinctive collection that colors the world a new soundscape,Breathing Statues navigates a labyrinth of phantom harmonies and crystalline beats, with cover artwork by longtime collaborator Leif Podhajsky.
Young Magic will play Festival NRMAL this March in Monterrey, Mexico, as well as select showcases at Austin’s SXSW between March 11th and 16th, with more info to come.
Breathing Statues Tracklisting
(May 6th, 2014 | Carpark Records)
02. Fall In
04. Something In The Water
09. Waiting For The Ground To Open