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Young Magic


Debut release from the New York trio, encompassing psychedelia, hip hop, ambient and garage

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  1. 8.0 |   BBC

    The listener can really let the bubbling melodies, chanted mantras and delicious textures take hold. And once bitten, it’s unlikely Melt will let go of one’s attentions soon
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  2. 8.0 |   NME

    Slippery psych-rock
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  3. 8.0 |   DIY

    Young Magic borrow influences from all over the place and transform them into a sound they can proudly call their own
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  4. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Young Magic cast spells that are full of ideas – and enticing enough to have you stick around for more
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  5. 8.0 |   Blurt

    Young Magic transform their emulation into a transformation of a style that's like nothing else out there
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  6. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    Thick bass synths, head-knock percussion, handclaps galore, and dusty samples (children frolicking, mbiras tinkling, static crackling) apparently inspired directly by Flying Lotus
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  7. 7.4 |   Beats Per Minute

    There are moments where the album drags, and there’s no one that’s going to be declaring this a modern classic, but with this strong debut
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  8. 7.0 |   AU Review

    Very much an album of ‘now’ that incorporates the last few years’ penchant for West African sounds, Brainfeeder boom and a bit of nostalgic psychedelia to boot
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  9. 7.0 |   Prefix

    This album delves happily, though briefly, into pop excellence
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  10. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Collected sounds and styles span thirty-five minutes, each song evolving through inference and influence
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  11. 6.8 |   Pitchfork

    A surprisingly cohesive work considering that it was recorded in several different countries and sutured together from singles and B-sides
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  12. 6.5 | mag

    Diverse, elaborate and really not a bad record at all. It’s only that the songs pick up those influences a little too superficially
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  13. 6.0 |   The Fly

    Its Yeasayer-aping can seem too familiar at times, but on the whole Young Magic’s debut is a beguiling brain-burp of a listen
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  14. 6.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    They’re just another band doing a very familiar thing – at least they’re doing it really well
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  15. 6.0 |   Q

    Blending world beats and shimmering sonic glitter. Print edition only

  16. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    Much of the album has a wide-eyed energy that longer-established bands will covet
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  17. 6.0 |   Uncut

    Resembles a soundclash between Burial, Cocteau Twins, Animal Collective and early Peter Gabriel. Print edition only

  18. 5.5 |   Bowlegs

    There just aren’t any vital moments, songs that aren’t just swept up in the blurry production
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  19. 5.0 |   music OMH

    An LP that promised much but ultimately it's a puzzling affair. With some rather dull songs it's unfocused and suggests that Young Magic need to find their own identity
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  20. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    Melt is missing something: an actual heart
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  21. 5.0 |   Under The Radar

    An incredibly promising start, here's hoping the next Young Magic outing includes exploration of a new sonic frontier: structure
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  22. 5.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Young Magic show glimpses of deft craft, ensuring that Melt is a mostly memorable experience
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