Sunday, June 12, 2016

Album Review :: Yung - A Youthful Dream


A Youthful Dream

June 10 2016 (Fat Possum / Tough Love )


Words: Ellie Ward

On reviewing the last output by Danish post-punks Yung, their EP 'These Thoughts Are Like Mandatory Chores', released last September, I commented that while two tracks were a good time spent, when these two are trebled, "it then becomes somewhat repetitious for the remainder with a lack of diversity or enough melodic stucture to sufficiently appreciate."

With this debut album stretching out to 12 tracks (all crammed into around 30 minutes), there is yet again a similar feel. More melodic than the gritty rawness they have exhibited in the past - with some sonic instrumentation by way of piano and trumpet for good measure - it is still a work that lacks a hold on the ears.

'Pills' is undoubtedly the high point. Three-and-a-half-minute pop charger coming in the second half of the record, nestled in between the explosive 'Commercial' with Mikkel Holm Silkjaer’s drone-like vocals, and the hooky delights of 'Blanket'.

As for the rest, there are still the trademark raft of gritty, driving guitars, urgent drums, caustic feedback, industrial tendencies. ‘Morning View’ contains an airy precision, while the frenetic drums and rippling guitar line of 'The Sound of Being Okay' sounds, well, okay. The brief instrumental 'Silence' augurs well, but at under a minute in length is no more than a filler. The title track, meanwhile, suggests the band are still very much working on "youthful dreams".

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