Montreal art-rockers are transformed on Shapeshifting
For their third LP, Young Galaxy, gave themselves away. Shapeshifting's 11 new songs, lithe and mesmerizing, were completed at home and then sent away, across the ocean, to one of the world's most acclaimed and secretive producers. For nine months, Dan Lissvik, half of the Swedish duo Studio, curved and refashioned these tracks; he made and remade them.
In October, Lissvik sat down at his computer in Gothenburg. Young Galaxy sat down at their computer in Montreal. And across 3,500 miles, Skype-ing with a friend they have never met, Young Galaxy heard their third album for the first time.
The finished album is glittering, seductive and utterly unlike anything Young Galaxy have done before. After the Polaris-nominated Invisible Republic, Young Galaxy were dreaming of transformation, transmutation, change. They imagined the parallel universe version of their own band, a Young Galaxy that was never "epic", rarely "rock" - instead sexy, spacious, haunted by ghosts in silver, black and primary colours. Whereas they once wrote songs of pounding drums and cresting guitar, this time the four-piece sketched their love of New Order, the Knife and the Eurythmics.
Lissvik, best known for his work with Studio and recent remixes for Fever Ray and Bear In Heaven, has helped make Shapeshifting a thing of cold reverb and hot drums, synth and cool, luck and loss. After a year that's seen them play with Arcade Fire, Stars, Twin Shadow and many more, Young Galaxy will bring these new songs on tour beginning in 2011.