Allah-Las, Young Magic

Late Show

Allah-Las

Young Magic

Reverberation DJ Set

Tue, April 9, 2013

Doors: 9:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Allah-Las
Allah-Las
Allah-Las met while working at Amoeba Music, a key destination for music lovers in Los Angeles. While this experience helped shape their sensibility, their sound was forged in an underground basement where they came together as a band. They began gigging in Los Angeles in 2008, refining their live performance, and finally released their first 7” single Catamaran / Long Journey in 2011. In 2012, they began their relationship with Innovative Leisure, releasing their first self-titled album, Allah-Las, anchored by their second single Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind) / Sacred Sands. The release was met with critical acclaim and the band toured extensively in the States and abroad before going back into the studio to record their follow-up.

Allah-Las' second album, Worship The Sun, expands on the sound established by their maiden effort, honing their fusion of West Coast garage rock and roll, Latin percussion and electric folk. As richly textured and timeless as a Southern California beach break, the songs are evocative of Los Angeles’ storied past. Beatniks, artists, surfers, nomads. Remnants of a bygone Sunset Strip. Golden tans and cosmic sunsets. One can feel the warmth of the sun, but the band deftly avoids the kitsch so often indulged by lovers of these things. Hints of Byrds, Love, Felt, and those who follow are threaded into the tapestry.

LA’s seminal Ferus Gallery – the home of Wallace Berman, Ed Kienholz, Ed Ruscha, Billy Al Bengston – is paid homage in an eponymous instrumental, broadening the scope beyond mere sea, surf, and sand. The lyrics reveal a new maturity; reflections of a band that has grown together through experiences on the road and in the studio. Worship The Sun is at once the perfect soundtrack for the greatest surf film never made and for a golden hour drive through Topanga Canyon. Yet, while grounded in the Southern California experience, the appeal of the album is not limited by locale. It is a teenage symphony to the sun, for all those who know its grace.

(Kevin O’Sullivan)
Young Magic
Young Magic
“Lush and Immersive…summons an elusive mood of longing within the sonic wonderment.” - NY Times

“Mesmerizing and dreamlike, Melt is an extraordinary release, seeking endless complexity and intrigue.” - Performer Magazine

“A cracking debut of invention and intrigue by this New York based trio. The best way to experience Melt is to sink into it shorn of expectations. Here, the listener can really let the bubbling melodies, chanted mantras and delicious textures take hold. Once bitten, it’s unlikely Melt will let go of one’s attentions soon. An exquisite new breed to behold.” - BBC

“Melt is the alternate universe you’ve been searching for. A stunning debut.”
The Music

“Some records are defined by the time and place of their creation, but Young Magic’s piecemeal approach has the opposite effect. It doesn’t sound like it came from a certain somewhere, but rather, everywhere. At once pulverizing and pristine, it’s an HD stunner.” - Pitchfork

Young Magic is the sonic pairing between Indonesian vocalist, Melati Malay and Australian producer, Isaac Emmanuel. Though based in New York, the eclectic outfit has recorded music whilst traversing the four corners of the earth.

After debuting a series of 7” releases on Carpakr Records in 2011, the band took the stage at Iceland Airwaves and began touring globally including main support for Youth Lagoon and Purity Ring. February 2012 saw the release of their full length, Melt with NPR, BBC, XLR8R, New York Times and a plethora of other publications and blogs singing the album’s praises. The group’s expansive live show continued to grow throughout 2012 and 2013 with performances at Berghain, Austin Psych Fest and The Brooklyn Museum. Remixes quickly surfaced online including cuts by Matthew David, S.Maharba & Purity Ring.

In 2014, the duo present a new gift from their explorations in their second full length album, Breathing Statues. The new LP navigates through a labyrinth of phantom harmonies and crystalline beats, with breathtaking cover artwork by longtime collaborator Leif Podhajsky. Recorded in fragments through Morocco, France, Czech Republic, Australia, Iceland and finished in their home studio in New York, Breathing Statues is a lush and distinctive collection that colors the world a new soundscape.
Reverberation DJ Set
Reverberation DJ Set
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com