New Music from Young Empires – “Sunshine (Summer Edit)” – Digital Servicing Only

Posted on Mar 30, 2016
New Music from Young Empires – “Sunshine (Summer Edit)” – Digital Servicing Only

“It’s hard to believe that The Gates is Young Empires‘ debut,” writes the CBC. “It’s such a confident, cohesive record.” Three years after the release of their “happy-go-lucky” EP Wake All My Youth, the Toronto-based trio has returned with an album that combines late night soul, Technicolor pop, and vibey beats to present a mature departure for the band. Rather than sticking to the dance-heavy theme that was present in their EP, Young Empires have slowed things down and experimented sonically while touching lyrically on ageless themes of love, loss, rebirth, and redemption. The Gates has been resonating with audiences, leading to Young Empires’ 2016 JUNO Award nomination as “Breakthrough Group of the Year.” 

According to bassist Jake Palahnuk, “There are more struggle on this record. Life gets tougher as you grow up. The bliss of youth fades away and real life sets in.” Yet there is also hope on the LP, as evidenced by the new “Summer Edit” of standout single “Sunshine.” The song is upbeat, combining fluid vocals and captivating melodies with bouncy drums, yet its lyrical content also touches upon the trials and tribulations explored throughout the album. The band told Baeble Music that it’s “a personal song… about the relationship that we have with our own fixations and addictions. This song simply personifies that obsession we have.”

“The track is riveting with its Foster The People-esque melody and fluid rhythm guitar.” -Spin

“Young Empires [are] moving in a weightier direction with the new material—one that’s sonically lush and led by [vocalist Matthew] Vlahovich’s most authoritative vocals yet.”-Noisey

RIYL: Tanlines, Foals, Generationals, White Arrows, STRFKR, Body Language, Yeasayer, Jr. Jr., Trails and Ways

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