June 20th, 2012
AWESOME! Young Magic Announced A Tour That Starts Next Week, With Quilt, And They’ll Visit JB’s Next Saturday
Photo c/o Bek Anderson for Interview Magazine
Young Magic’s only a couple years old. They started out in Brooklyn and they’re an indie rock band that pulls together a number of influences in a delicious way: trip-hop, psychedelia, dream pop, electronica, noise and a dash of world flavors are used in just the right recipe. Their debut, Melt, came out to fairly little fanfare back in February on Carpark Records. Though they found each other in BK, 2/3 of the band (Isaac Emmanuel and Michael Italia) were born in Australia and the other 1/3, Melati Melay, was born in Indonesia. So unlike many white bands peddling worldliness because it’s trendy, this record feels 100% authentic in that particular sense. But anyway, it’s a fantastic listen.
Sure, fans of Yeasayer, Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, Panda Bear and Salem might hear notes of those bands in this record. But this band DOES NOT feel derivative. The sound’s authenticity is not called into question over 11 tracks of bugged-out and heady music that’s rhythmic, friendly to loud volumes and always a little surprising. And it’s at a great venue to see em’! Johnny Brenda’s will host them with great openers: Quilt (!), Norwegian Arms and Weyes Blood next Saturday, June 30th.
Quilt, if you didn’t know, are also amazing. They’re from Boston but sound like they came from some ’70s ashram. You’d think, upon listening to their self-titled debut in November of 2011, that they were from a different time and place. But no, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts grads, are not draped in ponchos and woven flowers. They just know how to make outstanding retro-psych with touches of Eastern melodies. It’s a little over the top but not quite – you should see for yourself (it’s on Spotify and so’s Young Magic). The show is $10 with doors at 8pm but Quilt’s set starts at 10:30p, while Young Magic take the stage at 11:15p.