The Young Galaxy might have had to go all the way to Sweden to bring out their latest experimental sound, but now they are bringing it home to Canadian fans.
Catherine McCandless, who sings and plays keyboard in the band, says although they’ve been sticking to their dreamy indie-pop sound, their fourth album Ultramarine really challenged the group to push their own limits.
“We wanted something unfamiliar to happen… to try something that felt a little bit scary even at times or even taboo by Canadian standards,” McCandless said from their tour bus traveling from Detroit to Minneapolis on Monday.
“The Swedes are much more open to trying some interesting stuff.”
Collaborating with Swedish producer Dan Lissvik, the group decided to travel across the ocean in June 2012 to focus on the album unlike their third-album Shapeshifting, where they sent Lissvik the mixes and just collaborated over Skype from Montreal.
“It was really nice for us to transplant ourselves without the habits and comforts of our previous recording sessions,” said McCandless. “The experience of living this album together, sort of day and night working at this for a month, it was really intensive and rewarding.”
Ultramarine, which was released in April 2013, has already been shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize, and although they are no stranger to the nomination — two past albums have made the long list — this is the first time they made it into the top ten.
“The Polaris nomination seems like something very surprisingly validating, but it was not the goal by any stretch of the imagination,” said McCandless.
The group, which was formed as a duo with vocalist Stephen Ramsay and McCandless in 2005, and has since grown to a full band, is also releasing a deluxe album of Ultramarine with remixes and unreleased songs from their latest recording session on Sept. 24.
“The songs that we picked were the most suited to hanging together … however there is still so much energy and affection for the other tracks,” said McCandless.
“We don’t want not to release them so it was time that we came out.”
The Young Galaxy will be taking the stage at the Exchange on Thursday with fellow Montreal-based band Human, Human, and will be mostly focusing on their Ultramarine tracks with maybe one or two remixes.
“We are always happy to see the audience dance, that may sound obvious, but you want to see people moved obviously and if you can see them trance out a little,” said McCandless.
“You want to see someone lose themselves in it a little bit.”