May 24, 2007

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Young Galaxy, Young Galaxy
Arts & Crafts Records, 2007

As their name would suggest, Young Galaxy aren’t anybody’s idea of new and groundbreaking — the quota for Spacemen 3 trippage has to have been filled by now — but had they come along in, say, 1997 this would have floored a lot of people. If not, it would have at least added some competitive edge to the sub-genre, expensively produced and well-written as the songs are. Both “Swing Your Heartache” and “Lazy Religion” are Dark Side of the Moon woulda-couldas that laze in the air like dust motes, the coed singing duo making admirable use of slowpoke form and psychedelic texture (weirdly enough there’s something Dire Straits about that one, too, but you have to listen for yourself). “No Matter How Hard You Try” is like a surprise visit from Asobi Seksu, a sunburst flash of shoegaze with a take-names refrain sung in a voice that mimics Supertramp. All that’s missing are a few David Gilmour wah-pedal solos — too bad raw talent’s such a déclassé thing these days, huh? A-Eric W. Saeger