Toronto’s Young Empires are offering a three-song preview of a debut album that draws from ageless themes of love, loss, rebirth, and redemption. Combining late-night soul, Technicolor pop, and vibey beats, the trio has crafted a mature departure from the songs included on 2012’s Wake All My Youth EP. Bassist Jake Palahnuk says, “There’s more struggle on this record. Life gets tougher as you grow up. The bliss of youth fades away and real life sets in. There’s a lot of hope… though.”
“The Gates” and “So Cruel,” which we’ve previously sent, are now joined with new track “Sunshine” on this sampler. An upbeat track that combines fluid vocals and captivating melodies with bouncy drums, “Sunshine” arrives just in time for the summer.
“With luminous, reverbing synths and pinched vocals… Young Empires… [delivers] indie-pop delicacy…’”
“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.”
RIYL: Tanlines, Foals, Generationals, White Arrows, Starf*cker, Body Language, Yeasayer, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Trails and Ways
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