by Jim Di Gioia

October 29, 2019

Cameron Mitchell

There’s a wealth of texture, mood, and musicality on “Spirit”, the debut single from Riches. Catherine McCandless’s post-Young Galaxy solo project announces itself with conviction and in style. “Spirit” is vociferous, a “true statement of intent” as the project’s Bandcamp page states. Its persistent, hypnotic rhythm, coupled with McCandless’s near chant-like vocal prowess is an absolutely stunning departure from what followers and fanatics have come to love and expect from Young Galaxy. Is that beat driven by drums? Are those synths burning that melody into your brain? Are there even any guitars? Who cares with a song this magnificently spun.

As its title suggests, “Spirit” is a creative possession, a channelling of new energies, new power, and new focus through a familiar artist. The song pulsates with dark passion. Once set amidst the accompanying video, with McCandless at the centre of a sect-like mystic ritual, “Spirit” becomes a transcendent musical experience. In a word, it’s spell-binding.

Jim Di Gioia

Jim founded the music blog Quick Before It Melts in 2006 and was its principal writer until 2016, when its decade-long run ended 10 years to the day it started. DOMINIONATED is its spiritual successor. Jim currently serves as a Polaris Music Prize jurist and Prism Prize jurist.
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