Young Galaxy: Pretty Boy (Peaking Lights Remix)
Young Galaxy‘s “Pretty Boy“, a track from their forthcoming album Ultramarine, is an us-against-the-world anthem, with lines like “When we were lost we found each other” and “We were each other’s only family.” For a certain kind of romantic, us-against-the-world anthems should always be set to yearning, arpeggiated New Order-style electro-pop that brings to mind tragedy and triumph.
The original version does all this and pulls it off beautifully, but Peaking Lights‘ sparkling remix elevates the song to another plane. They lend the song a Balearic flair with the addition of what sounds like hand percussion, stretching the track and extending the jammy sequenced sections to provide a huge injection of drama. The line “I know you feel isolated” is given special emphasis in the final third, repeating a few times as the impossibly dramatic synths swirl around it. Tracks like this one, big-hearted and life affirming, provide the ideal escape from just such a feeling.