Young Galaxy’s Ultramarine is undeniably a wonderful synth-pop record and upon its release we wrote the following:
“Already on the preceding Shapeshifting, we could see a move away from the new-wave influenced indie-pop aesthetics of the first two efforts, into synth-based stratospheres. This is a band that for most of their career seemed to have searched for a sonic identity without fully reaching a destination, but not without gaining some new insight with every misstep or effort. The much needed change of scenery proved to be a clever choice, creating an inspired platform to fully realize their potentials. Consequently, Ultramarine is their least experimental album; a culmination of their previous efforts, turned into a fully focused pop oriented creation from start to finish…Ultramarine’s dreamy emotions breach further beyond anything the band has ever created, showing a band that’s not afraid of embracing change and rolling assuredly with it.” (Read it in full)
Apparently we were not the only ones who has embraced Young Galaxy as one of the year’s foremost synth-pop outfits, as Ultramarine is on the shortlist for the Polaris Music Prize. The Canadian pop magicians have also announced the release of a deluxe edition of the album, including remixes, b-sides and the unreleased song “Crying My Heart Out” that clocks in at just under eight minutes. An edited version can be found below, featuring everything we’ve come to expect from the Montreal five-piece; a razor sharp Moroder-esque bass line, bright flashes of neon lit synthesizers, Catherine McCandless’ beautiful voice and even a Joy Division reference (“Oh, and it’s hard when I’m playing ´Love Will Tear Us Apart’).
The full version of “Crying My Heart Out” is out August 27 a month ahead of Utramarine – Deluxe Edition, out on September 24 via Paper Bag Records.