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A Fair Introduction,
This review is from: Five Sunsets In Four Days (Audio CD)
Listening to this very recently released mini-E.P from Young People at night is as appropriate a time as any. With a desk lamp lighting my hands and a sky dark outside my window, it's hard not to feel a little lost in the deserts the band must certainly have been imagining when they set about writing and recording. It's an impressionistic affair, and the E.Ps strengths undoubtedly lie in the musical composition; the drums proudly gallop and pound while the acid-friend guitars lie soaked in reverb and lead-singer Katie's vocals flutter about the rafters.
Young People, as a three-piece, make the best use of what they have at hand. There is a sense of co-operation and instrument swapping that belies the fact that the group became a member short after the record was finished. There is also a sense of intelligence and artistry throughout; not in an 'avant-garde' sense, but rather in the sense that the group work with an understated sense of invention. Pushing the dual guitars on The Mountain as far as they can go into the distortion, Young People create a howling gale barely contained within the speakers, enhancing the idea of icy peaks and cold hands. The more broody, nocturnal numbers are also particularly effective. Night Nurse evokes its early hour adventures both in sound and name through thick chiming harmonics and a softly thumping bass drum.
My only complaint is that these pleasures are all too brief, failing to take off in quite the way you know they full-well could. Hot Horse opens the record's first side with a trailblazing pace, but suffers from a lack of dynamics. The lyrics too, while fine in themselves, don't command the same authority as the music so easily does, and feel arbitrary as a result. Perhaps they intended to be empty vessels for Katie's voice to work with; I can't be sure, but there definitely is room for improvement (in my humble opinion).
Yet these flaws can be forgiven if the music takes you strongly enough. This one could easily fall into the 'not for everyone' box, but if what I've written has at all intrigued you, it is a record worth seeking out.