Young Magic – “Default Memory”

Avant-pop duo Young Magic are in full swing for their rapidly approaching album Still Life. They’ve shared “Lucien” and “Sleep Now,” and both have been entrancing explorations into singer Melati Malay’s roots, using inventive sounds incorporating Indonesian instruments. Their latest followup, “Default Memory,” diverges and returns to traditional instrumentation but it is captivating nonetheless. Dreamy synth progressions, intricate rolling percussion, classical strings, and a lighter touch on Malay’s voice makes for a soothing aesthetic. Malay sings on the hook “I enclosed a little note for you to read/ That I would like to be with you,” and it’s one of the most powerful expressions of love and desire I’ve heard in a while despite sounding effortless. For something titled Still Life, the music on this album has been very dynamic so far. Listen.

Still Life is out 5/13 via Carpark. Grab it from the label or get “Lucien” instantly when you pre-order on iTunes.

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