Young Magic

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Young Magic
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Performing at Indiestad festival in Amsterdam
Background information
Origin Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres Electronic, dream pop, psychedelic soul, experimental, krautrock, alternative hip hop
Years active 2010–present
Labels Carpark Records
Associated acts Purity Ring
Members Melati Malay
Isaac Emmanuel
Past members Michael Italia

Young Magic is an eclectic music group formed in Brooklyn, New York, though its members hail from Australia and Indonesia.[1]

Musical history[edit]

Young Magic originated as a solo project of Isaac Emmanuel and expanded during 2010 in New York City.[2][3] Melati Malay was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and Isaac Emmanuel was born in Australia.[2] The group began touring in Europe, North America and Australasia after a series of limited 7" releases during 2011, and released their debut full-length, Melt, on Carpark Records on February 14, 2012[4][5]


Young Magic's debut album Melt was recorded in a variety of international locations including Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, USA, Spain, Germany, Iceland, Australia and the UK whilst band members travelled and documented the experience.[6] The music combines field recordings from these locations and original recordings with rare soul and psychedelic samples.[7] The New York Times described Melt as "lush and immersive... summons and elusive mood of longing among the sonic wonderment." The BBC described the album "like a beat poet racked by drink addiction; music that waxes and wanes, and explodes; and a great spirit which, rather than confine itself to basements and bedsits, aims its sights on the heavens. An exquisite new breed to behold."[1]

In 2012, Montreal-based duo Purity Ring sampled the lead vocals from Young Magic's "You With Air" on their song "Grandloves" from the album Shrines (4AD).[8] In 2013, Young Magic opened for Purity Ring on their North American tour and also made festival appearances at Austin Psych Fest, Noise Pop Festival and The Brooklyn Museum.

Breathing Statues[edit]

On February 18, 2014 the band announced their sophomore album Breathing Statues would be released on May 6, 2014 on Carpark Records.[9] A stream of the album was announced by The Fader one week prior to the album's official release, which the site wrote was made "in Morocco, France, the Czech Republic, Australia and Iceland. The duo recorded wherever they could while on tour, finishing up in their New York studio."[10]

Critical reception to Breathing Statues has largely centered around the band's cinematic direction.[11] Q Magazine described the band's second album as "Alternately dreamlike and arresting, they've discovered a formula that realizes the sonic sorcery always suggested by their name" [12] and the The 405 as "A more cohesive body of work... It demonstrates maturity, and a confidence in their passion for detail in that they don't have to dangle meaty synth lines as often, preferring to construct layers, textures and cinematic soundscapes.'" [11]

The band's cover artwork is designed by London based art director Leif Podhajsky.

The band currently tours with Bolivian born New York based percussionist Daniel Alejandro Siles Mendoza.



Track listing
1. "Sparkly" (3:40)
2. "Slip Time" (2:45)
3. "You With Air" (3:31)
4. "Yalam" (1:55)
5. "Jam Karet" (3:23)
6. "Night In The Ocean" (4:12)
7. "Watch For Our Lights" (1:50)
8. "The Dancer" (3:50)
9. "Cavalry" (2:03)
10. "Sanctuary" (3:26)
11. "Drawing Down The Moon" (3:57)

Track listing
1. "One" (0:28)
2. "Fall In" (2:57)
3. "Foxglove" (3:13)
4. "Something In The Water" (3:25)
5. "Ageless" (4:30)
6. "Cobra" (3:13)
7. "Holographic" (5:10)
8. "Mythnomer" (3:47)
9. "Waiting For The Ground To Open" (5:23)
10. "Captcha" (2:40)



  1. ^ a b "Music - Review of Young Magic - Melt". BBC. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  2. ^ a b Young Magic. "Young Magic | Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  3. ^ "AOL Radio - Listen to Free Online Radio - Free Internet Radio Stations and Music Playlists". Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  4. ^ "Young Magic: Melt · Music Review · The A.V. Club". 2012-02-14. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  5. ^ "Young Magic: Melt | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  6. ^ "Young Magic is All Over the Map - Page". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  7. ^ "Young Magic | Prefix". Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  8. ^ "Electronic Beats". Electronic Beats. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  9. ^ Hudson, Alex (2014-02-18). "Young Magic Announce 'Breathing Statues,' Share New Track • News •". Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  10. ^ "Stream Young Magic's New Album, Breathing Statues". The Fader. 2014-04-29. Retrieved 2014-05-10. 
  11. ^ a b "The 405 - Breathing Statues Album Review". The 405. 2014-06-06. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  12. ^ "Q Magazine - Breathing Statues Album Review". Q Magazine. 2014-06-06. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 

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