The three members of Young Magic were guided together by providence from across the globe. Isaac Emmanuel and Michael Italia were on similar but separate travels across Europe and South America, both recording music while escaping their native Australia. Realizing they were chasing the same thing, they arranged to meet in New York – where they’re now based – and invited an old friend, Indonesian vocalist Melati Malay, to begin a new genre-hopping project.
This sprawling geo-narrative is pretty key to understanding the group. Debut album Melt was recorded in ten separate countries but is one intense sonic mélange which sounds like it comes from a different planet. Although electronically sequenced – it’s very much the sound of guys hunched over their MacBooks – it has a unique and chameleonic organic groove and takes in West African rhythms, Flying Lotus-style neo-hip-hop and psychedelic 60s soul, melded together with lush, shoegazey textures.
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