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Review: ‘Mirror Master’ brings new classics for Young the Giant fans

Mirror Master

American indie-rock band Young the Giant released its fourth studio album “Mirror Master” on Oct. 12.

Young the Giant, an American indie-rock band, released its fourth studio album “Mirror Master” on Oct. 12.

Prefaced with a release of four singles, the latest effort from Young the Giant features a 12-song track list that offers listeners a solid collection of chill alternative songs. Excited fans waited two years for Young the Giant to release an album since its last project.

The California-based band of five has been creating alternative and indie hits since its first self-titled studio album released in 2010. With an arsenal of successful songs, including timeless indie classics such as “Cough Syrup” and “My Body,” Young the Giant has proved it is one of the front-runners of its genre.

Past albums have frequently displayed reflective qualities, but “Mirror Master” goes above and beyond all other Young the Giant albums to challenge fans with thought-provoking lyrics. Young the Giant still displays songs with its tried and true sound but offers some new and unique elements. Utilizing the strong vocals of lead singer Sameer Gadhia, Young the Giant plays to its strengths in its latest project.

Opening “Mirror Master” with “Superposition,” listeners are greeted with an upbeat song matched with catchy and relaxed breathy vocals. The lyrics center on the chemistry between two people.

The second track, “Simplify,” is heavily emulative of Young the Giant's past work. It boasts a classic indie-rock sound filled with passionate lyrics about the simplicity of love and worries about the future.

“Heat of the Summer” also takes advantage of the band's classic guitar and vocal styling, giving longtime fans some new classics to fall in love with.

“Call Me Back” is an example of Young the Giant's newer electronic sound. It ditches the guitars for more simplified and digitalized beats while highlighting catchy and simple lyrics.

The album offers a handful of slower and more lyrically focused pieces with “Oblivion,” “You + I” and “Darkest Shade of Blue.” Covering the subjects of hopelessness, mortality and loneliness, the band does not stray away from serious topics, instead choosing to embrace them.

Young the Giant closes the album with its namesake, “Mirror Master.” The band embodies its classic sound and style one last time, displaying its harmony.

“Mirror Master” is a testament to Young the Giant's competence in several genres and mastery of its staple style. Fans and listeners looking for their next indie anthem are sure to enjoy this album.