To give us a taste of what’s to come on their upcoming debut LP, Toronto-based indie pop outfit Young Empires has released singles “So Cruel” and “The Gates.”
According to bassist Jake Palahnuk, the band’s aim is “to be the thing that people connect to and feel good about.” The first single, “So Cruel,” is a beautifully crafted electro-pop track that meets this goal with plenty of dance hooks. Yet beyond the blissfully lighthearted sound, Young Empires’ singles breach a surface layer of connection and delve deeper with lyricism that is on display in second single, “The Gates.” The underlying message of the song addresses both a pervasive sense of loneliness and an attempt to overcome this all-too-common feeling.
Thanks in part to a fanbase established by the band’s success on sites like Hype Machine, which charted the band’s first demos and 2012 EP Wake All My Youth, the singles are already generating a buzz online. This June, the band will join Votiv labelmates CHAPPO for nine dates on their Mad Magic tour. Check out the tour dates here.
“Toronto synthpoppers Young Empires go into slinky dance-music overdrive, sounding something like Passion Pit might if they spent some serious time in Berlin’s finer house-music establishments.”
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