There are some artists that will outrun and outsmart every music genre you throw at them, and with that thought I think it’s best if I introduce Young Magic. Their music is halfway between an existential soundtrack and a self-guided meditation, so if you’re looking for a three minute pop song they definitely gave away those magic beans to Taylor Swift.
From across the world I spoke to Melati about their second album, Breathing Statues. Created and recorded in the harsh winter of New York, the duo’s second album is a natural progression from their first album, Melt.
Their new offering deals with personal emotions while dressed in a backdrop of lush timeless rhythms and melodies. Melati describes the album as sounding “more focused and clean” comparing it to the clarity white snow gave their surroundings in New York while making the record. They find the inspiration for their music in travelling the world and the chaos of nature, sharing this with their fans through the band’s cinematic video clips. Breathing Statues is an exploration which finds Young Magic presenting the next chapter of their musical journey to us “standing of the edge of the world, naked and vulnerable”.
I posed some quickfire questions to Melati.
What’s the most magical thing about music to you? The ability for music to transcend the body and move beyond space and time.
What’s the last album you bought? I am the centre: private issue new age music in America 1950-1990, a compilation album.
What are you most looking forward to when coming back to Australia? I’m excited to dance, swim in the ocean and share our new live projections.
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Young Magic play Elsewhere, 27 November. Get more at youngmagicsounds.com