In the past, artists like Beck and the Nine Inch Nails used the talents of producer/bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen. The Californian quintet Young The Giant, which collected sympathies in 2010 with its self-titled debut album, now joins this illustrious crowd. With "Mind Over Matter", which immediately entered the top 10 of the US charts, Meldal-Johnsen provided a glossy production that focuses on the clear voice of frontman Sameer Gadhia and supports the band's hit parade ambitions. Musically, the songs are more like artpop than indie rock due to their ingenious arrangements, although "Crystallized" and "Camera" have certain parallels to Coldplay. The title song of all songs doesn't really stand out, though, and Young The Giant also squint too much at the mainstream in songs like "Daydreamer" and "In My Home", which is rather a disadvantage for the development of an own profile. "Anagram, on the other hand, shows where the road might lead: Here, sugar-sweet earwig melodies are ingeniously combined with prog bonds.
Top Track: Anagram