premiere: young magic, default memory

More artistic alchemy from Melati Malay and Isaac Emmanuel as they share the third single from their album.

Francesca Dunn

Brooklyn duo Young Magic are gaining quite a reputation for their stunning music videos. Lucian saw effigies burnt to the ground for the Indonesian day of silence, while Sleep Now was illustrated by footage from archival documentary Lost In Bali before the veritable 3D rainbow trip that was Valhalla (Reprise). As the band prepare to release their new record, Still Life, treat yourself to another beauty inspired by singer and songwriter Melati Malay's travels.

"Default Memory was written as a dedication to the ones I love, both living and passed," explains Melati. "It came about around the time I was visiting family in Indonesia... a reminder that memories are never still like a photograph, but constantly oscillating. I was hoping to capture the feeling of dynamic suspension... memories as active objects... orbiting, changing and reflecting each place I've ever walked through." Created with producer Isaac Emmanuel, the animation is made up of 35mm photographs she took on her travels through Morocco, Mexico, France, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Singapore, and the US. Hijacked by suspended and slowly rotating shapes, this is still life with a difference.

Default Memory is due for release on 13th May via Carpark Records.


Photography Olga Nazar