Boomkat Product Review:
These latest Canadians out of the starting blocks sound rather unlike your more usual Broken Social Scene-related crowd, although they do come from the same Arts & Crafts stable as Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning and co. Perhaps inevitably, there is a direct connection between this album and the aforementioned Toronto troupe: Stephen Ramsay, one half of Young Galaxy's core duo, spent time playing guitar for BSS-offshoot Stars on tour. Despite that, this band aim at glistening space rock, the sort of fare that's likely to have them lumped in with the nu-gaze bores. This debut album is far more appealing, and far more creatively fertile than that, however. You won't find the usual dismal mumbling through reverb washouts on this record. Instead, Young Galaxy alternate between euphoric pop music like 'No Matter How Hard You Try', or at their most sedate (as on the doped up 'The Sun's Coming Up And My Plane's Coming Down' plumb the murkier depths of '80s-'90s indie, unearthing a sound that has more in common with Spacemen 3 than any of the drab, dogged Slowdive revisitations that tend to flesh out the less adventurous end of the 'gaze revival. Excellent.