Though it was recorded and engineered in Montreal with the Besnard Lakes’ Jace Lasek, and at least half the material (if not more) was written in La Belle Province, Young Galaxy’s debut LP captures to a T (or is that V) the hazy, lukewarm drizzle and perpetual glasses-clouding fog of singer/guitarist Stephen Ramsay’s Vancouver hometown. It’s space-pop at its most stoned, drawing on the glacially paced guitar washes and mumbling vocals of slowcore and shoegazer music. At times, the gently overlapped melodies and harmonies of Ramsay and partner Catherine McCandless recall The Curtain Hits The Cast-era Low. Lasek is adept at teasing subtle textures out of the fuzzy, ambling tunes, playing up bits of shimmer on more upbeat tracks like Swing Your Heartache and soft dynamics in broodier tunes. So while they’re not breaking new ground with their backward-looking approach, YG do deliver a warm, well-made record.
Young Galaxy warm up for the Frames at the Phoenix Friday (April 20).