The Gates

Young Empires

(Digital Download - Caroline International / Votiv #)

Review by Marcy Donelson

Canadian electro-pop band Young Empires blend the quirky, trebly sounds of Passion Pit ("So Cruel") with the radio-friendly, dance-oriented pop of Foster the People ("Uncover Your Eyes") on their long-awaited debut full-length, The Gates, which follows a well-received EP, TV soundtrack appearances, and tour support spots for the likes of Jamiroquai, Sleigh Bells, and Vampire Weekend. Their catchy, anthem-oriented synth pop is exemplified by the driving, chanting ("You're not alone!") single, "The Gates."

blue highlight denotes track pick