Young Galaxy Stream New Album Down Time
Kick Off Tour Across US + Canada This Week
Down Time Out This Friday
Montreal’s electro-pop duo Young Galaxy will be releasing their first fully independent album this Friday, April 6. Down Time stories Young Galaxy’s shift into complete independence and positions the band as a countercultural beacon during the current climate of isolation, corruption and despair. In anticipation of the release, Hype Machine has premiered the pre-stream of the record.
The band has released a new video for track “Frontier” along with the album stream. Once “Frontier” was written, Young Galaxy realized the track was the manifesto for Down Time and the album grew around it. Young Galaxy’s Catherine McCandless on how the song inspired the video: “‘Frontier’ is the core and the data from which all the rest of the songs derive their meaning. It needed to be a stripped down signal coming in to a loved one. With a concept of intimate detail, high contrast, and work-like, utilitarian dress we shot a non-performance performance video featuring light, textures, bravery, and braun. I wanted to shoot a love letter that fortifies, works for change, and spills over in it’s celebration of the place of this love.”
Young Galaxy began writing Down Time with a sense of reinvention in mind. In
order to stay ahead of the ever-shifting landscape of the music industry, the band felt the need to step away from the industry entirely and take stock of and control over their career. Tired of the industry’s exploitative, conservative nature, the band started their own label in an effort to create a sense of community, and to stay true to an ethos of experimentalism and independence.
The duo’s reverence for love and art are the driving forces behind each of
their albums, and it’s from this perspective that Stephen Ramsay and Catherine
McCandless decided to attack the subjects of late period capitalism, the rise of
nationalism and neoliberalism on Down Time. Like it’s title, the music is ambiguous enough to evoke the desire to relax and find peace, as well as images of struggle and darkness.
The album will be available in full on April 6, 2018 via the band’s own imprint. Tour dates below.
April 4 – Vancouver, BC at Venue
April 7 – San Francisco, CA at Rickshaw Stop
April 9 – Los Angeles, CA at The Echo
April 12 – Washington, DC at DC9
April 13 – Brooklyn, NY at Knitting Factory
April 19 – Hamilton, ON at The Casbah
April 20 – Toronto, ON at Velvet Underground
April 21 – Montreal, QC at PHI Centre