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Concert Wed Jul 04 2012

Preview: Young Magic @ Schuba's 7/8

Upon my first listen to Young Magic's 2012 full-length debut Melt, I was entranced by the dreamy, shimmering ballads that emitted from my stereo speakers. Infusing lush, layered rhythms with mesmerizing beats and haunting sound effects, the group's style is distinctive and bewitching.

I can only imagine how their psychedelic sounds will translate in a live setting, and you can find out for yourself this week as they make a tour stop at Schuba's Sunday evening. Young Magic's website touts the trio as gathering their musical influences from traversing the world, from New York City, to Buenos Aires, to Antwerp. Though ending up back in America, the group traveled the world over, leaving them with vast amounts of musical inspiration. This wanderlust leading to their sound's global influence is evident within their music, as the melting pot effect takes shape to give it a worldly quality. I certainly can't pigeonhole their music as stemming from just one specific locale or genre, though it's extremely fun to try, as each song contradicts and complements elements in the next.

Melt is rooted in the listener's experience by creating sounds with an intention to be felt, not merely heard. Though abstract, their music represents a universal quality that listeners from all over the world can connect with and groove to. Young Magic's music attempts to distribute sensations to the listener through reverberating bass notes, a deliberate flow, and presenting listeners with a wide array of musical genres meshed together.

Take a listen to their song "Sparkly," set against the backdrop of some stunning time-lapse photographs, and prepare yourself for a sonic journey like no other at Schuba's this Sunday:

Young Magic plays Schuba's on Sunday, July 8, 2012. Also appearing are opening acts Quilt and Brain Idea. The show is 18+ and the music begins at 8pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the door. Schuba's is located at 3159 N. Southport, (773) 525-2508.

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