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On their fourth album, Young Galaxy's cosmic moniker makes total sense. Galloping drum machines on opening track Pretty Boy immediately transport you across rolling hills. On Fall For You you're on a tropical island, then on New Summer back in Canada watching the sun set on a late August beach day.
The lyrics are earnest as all hell, but only once - on Hard To Tell - borderline twee. And just when you've reached your sincerity saturation point, they're off in a different direction on What We Want - a badass jam evoking both Michael Jackson's The Way You Make Me Feel and the Ghostbusters theme.
This is more than a reprieve from reality; the Vancouver-formed, Montreal-based dream-poppers are taking a fantastical journey. Lead singer Catherine McCandless, with her raw Alanis Morissette trill and Florence Welch ethereality, is an apt narrator, while producer Dan Lissvik creates a lush, synth-heavy sound with enough sinister spook to ensure the poppy, dancey thing never gets saccharine.
On the plot elements chart of Young Galaxy's discography, this feels like the edge-of-seat rising action. We can't wait for the climax.
Top track: Pretty Boy