All posts tagged The XX

The Underground Youth – Naked

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I can’t believe it’s been over a year since the (now sold out) vinyl release of The Underground Youth’s last LP ‘The Perfect Enemy For God’ – a lost Manchester classic that seemingly went under the radar of the majority of music journalists. If only someone at *insert name of influential website* would delve into their now impressive back catalogue of 6 albums and one EP, they might discover a band that has matured into something very special indeed. Comprising of husband and wife duo Craig and Olya Dyer, and guitarist Thomas Josef E, The Underground Youth have established themselves within the DIY psyche scene but really deserve a wider audience. Could Naked, taken from forthcoming EP ‘Beautiful & Damned’ (Fuzz Club Records) be the track to do it? Wrapped in post-punk influences from the obvious (Jesus and Mary Chain) to hinting at more modern reference points (The XX) it’s a spellbinding track that shows restraint towards sound… a stoned, lazy beauty, that remains effortlessly cool throughout.

Pre-Order ‘Beautiful & Damned’ by The Underground Youth here. Release date 25/10/2014

http://the-underground-youth.bandcamp.com/music

https://www.facebook.com/TheUndergroundYouth

Phill Young

Tear Talk – Sleepwalking

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Earlier this year, Liverpool’s Tear Talk released 7″ B R E A T H E on exciting independent label Bleeding Gold. The track showcased a band with a very clear sense of identity and vision – sparse and minimal guitar (its hard not to make comparisons with The XX) slowly revealed new elements and colours – distorted, fuzzy and painted darkly onto the canvas.

Sleepwalking is much more immediate and hints at a less bleak outlook. Josh Miller’s vocals cutting dreamily through like Echo & The Bunnymen drenched in sunshine. Its not as experimental but all the better for it.

Buy B R E A T H E http://bleedinggoldrecords.bandcamp.com/album/bg047-b-r-e-a-t-h-e

Tear Talk play Dulcimer on June 13th with Holy Esque and Veladrome.

Phill Young