The new record from Young Magic grew out of an exploration of family history. Melati Malay dug into her Indonesian routes, extracting both intimate subject matter for lyrics and some wonderful sounds, including field recordings and gamelan samples. Still Life is a strong electronic pop record with a deep focus on texture as well as melody. On Carpark.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 18 May 2016
Everything has to have an angle these days and the press release for this new recored from Young Magic explains that it has come about following singer Melati Melay’s exploration of her Indonesian ancestry following on from the death of her father. Enough perhaps to provide sufficient text for the 3/5 Guardian review but what does it actually sound like?
We’ll it’s pale and ghostly electronic pop that on impressive lead track ‘Lucien’ is enlivened by some lovely gamelan and whispered female vocals that recall Bat for Lashes ‘Daniel’. Elsewhere they provide the sort of Pitchfork-friendly electronic pop that you may not even notice was there unless you were pointed in its direction by a back story. There are interesting bits, ‘IWY’ has interesting burbling electronics and some rather Kate Bush ‘Hounds of Love’ style atmospherics and when they use real instruments such as the violas on the drifty ‘Held’ they provide something more secure for ears to latch onto.
Melay’s vocals are so fragile, so quiet that Young Magic come across as a musical snowflake, beautiful but likely to melt at any moment,
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