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Released: 27.05.16




There’s plenty of dream pop-indebted indie to choose from if you’re looking for some unadulterated ambient goodness, but Brooklyn’s Young Magic are doing something that exceeds the average purveyor of heady, guilt-free sounds.

Still Life is a collection of summery post-pop tunes that wire up the senses. Melati Malay’s breathy vocal saunters atop the reverb-drenched haze of skipping beats, pulsating bass and warmed violins until your mind is wiped of any hint of greyness.

Tribal African rhythms enter the frame every now and then, giving glimpse of the band’s diverse influences and unusual methods of collecting field recordings from all corners of the globe.

Still Life is inoffensive and fashionable music, but that’s nothing to be ashamed of when it’s done this well.

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