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Richard Youngs
Dissident

As an artist, Richard Youngs seems in a constant war against stasis, shifting from pastoral balladry through to electronic mischief. Like say, Robert Wyatt, the only constant is his utterly unique voice, straddling the English folk tradition though also some more difficult define sense of otherness. New album ‘Dissident’ aligns with his more song driven material, but is no less unusual as a result.

Richard Youngs
Memory Ain't No Decay

Richard Youngs records so many albums that it could prove an interesting idea from Wayside & Woodland to give him prompts for which direction to go in. These ideas included things like post industrial wastelands and woodland between housing estates. Youngs ran with it and this is the result. A three track song jam. And for and extra bonus we get an accompanying CD of remixes of the title track which Youngs did not use by the likes of Oliver Cherer, The Declining Winter, The Hardy Tree, epic45 and others. 

Richard Youngs
Arrow

Troubadour, jester, joker, prankster. These are all words that have probably been used to describe the gleefully playful Richard Youngs. A rare voice in experimental music that is simultaneously very good and also entirely up for taking the piss. Arrow was recorded between Glasgow and Hebden Bridge, and has Youngs playing a kind of free psychedelic jazz.

Richard Youngs
Amaranthine


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Richard Youngs
Belief

Richard Youngs started recording Belief (which really is his 140-somethingth album) by capturing field recordings and turning them into programmed beats. I say ‘field recordings’ but it seems he may not have left his house - radio interference, extractor fan, old cymbal etc. What began as an art project turned into a proper album when his friend Daniel O’Sullivan of Grumbling Fur passed the recordings on to Tim Burgess. An excited Burgess couldn’t wait to put them out on his O Genesis label. Uncategorisable and compelling. Comedian Stewart Lee counts himself among Richard Youngs fans.

Richard Youngs
This Is Not A Lament

Guest-strewn double album from prolific master of all known forms of experimental music. Richard Youngs drafts in Oren Ambarchi, Simon Wickham-Smith, Neil Campbell, Alasdair Roberts and others for a true opus of improvised sound with each track named after a geographic location only the artists know.   

Neil Campbell & Richard Youngs
Six Scores

Somewhere in a suburban drawing room two men of advancing years decided on a musical project like no other. Each would write music for the other to play then they would put it all together without the other hearing what the other had done. I think I got that right -- I'm as confused as you are. Anyway anything featuring these two former A Band members is bound to be unique and this may be the most unique of all.  
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Richard Youngs
The Naive Shaman

He doth not stop. The second LP Richard Youngs has dropped in 2005 and the umpteenth of his extremely prolific career arrives via Jagjaguwar. The Naive Shaman is another singular record from Youngs, one that hovers at in the space between folk and the free-compositional avant-garde. Think early Animal Collective but more song-centric.

Richard Youngs
The Rest Is Scenery

Perpetual experimentalist and underground national treasure Richard Youngs has written each of the songs of The Rest Is Scenery around just one chord, because why the hell not? He wants it to be possible for anyone to cover these songs with just the slightest of guitar experience, except of course all those magical Youngsian touches cannot be replicated. CD on the Glass Records Redux label.

Richard Youngs
Unicorns Everywhere

Hot on the heels of that amazing 7 disc No Fans Compendium is another serving of fresh new Richard Youngs material, this time on the Sonic Oyster label! “Unicorns Everywhere” declares Youngs determinedly, and quite right too. We are informed that these are protest songs, Youngs against the world with a cheap guitar sound and disco basslines. 250 copies only!

Richard Youngs
Varispeed Etudes

Richard Youngs experimental take on music is exemplified on Varispeed Etudes - and album of two halves which is tied together by the varispeed pitch control used with reel-to-reel tapes. Side one shows his warped electronica experiments, over-laid with his distinctive english vocals whilst side two contains shorter, atonal and creeping soundscapes. Limited to 300 copies.

Richard Youngs
Inside the Future

Releases from Richard Youngs are always welcome. The last year or so has seen a D-beat punk record, an instrumental tapestry record, a hardcore 4LP electronics box-set with Luke Fowler, among much else. But Inside The Future is a return to his Jagjaguwar-style song-based records, a sensitive collection on Glass Records Redux.

Richard Youngs
Red Alphabet in the Snow

This time around, experimental everyman Richard Youngs goes for one of his more traditional approaches -- 'Red Alphabet In The Snow' concentrates on acoustic arrangements based around guitars and banjo, while supplementing it with a lot of instruments that help build instrumental folk soundscapes. It's split into two long-form songs that clock at seventeen minutes a piece. 

Richard Youngs
No Fans Compendium

Who likes Richard Youngs? I'm told that it's Richard Youngs fans, who have dealt with a lot of sound experiments in their time: beyond the sometimes sprawling, sometimes internalised folk music, they've listened to D-beat and minimal, plus some tape stuff. All of it's good, in its way, and No Fans Compendium suggests there are a lot of people after a lot of different Youngs vibes: this 7-disc bundle of joy issues very limited pressings: 20th Century Jams, 21st Century Jams, Live In Salford, Somerland/No Home Like Place, Three Handed Star/Garden of Stones, plus an extra two discs called Harpenden! and Thought Plane. No fans? Many.
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Richard Youngs
Summer Through My Mind

Summer Through My Mind is part of an informal series of albums in which a label owner dares the infinitely marvellous Richard Youngs to make a record in a certain style. Here the label is Ba Da Bing, and the genre is Country, but of course Youngs does not play it wholly straight. Highlights include ‘Spin Me Endless In The Universe’ and the curious ‘Story of Jhon’.

Andrew Paine & Richard Youngs
Rotten Masters EP


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Annelies Monsere & Richard Youngs
three:four split series volume 3


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Richard Youngs & Luke Fowler
Yellow Gardens


Richard Youngs/ Valet
Split


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Various (Alasdair Roberts, James Yorkston, Richard youngs etc.)
Migrating Bird Sampler


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Richard Youngs & Andrew Paine
Guide To Music


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Richard Youngs & Andrew Paine
Mauve Dawn


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Tokyo Garden Suite (Richard Youngs & Andrew Paine)
Tokyo Garden Suite


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Richard Youngs
Under Stellar Stream

Another month, another LP from Richard Youngs. If any other artist released music at the same clip as Youngs you would think that they needed to improve their editing. However, as Youngs demonstrates once again on Under Stellar Stream, making great music seems to be a daily occurrence for the Glasgow-based composer. This is an album of beautiful minimalist-ambient songcraft that has shades of Jan Jelinek and Susanna & The Magical Orchestra to it.

Kawabata Makoto / Richard Youngs
Kawabata Makoto / Richard Youngs


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Richard Youngs & Simon Wickham Smith
Veil (For Greg)


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Richard Youngs
Autumn Response

In which our hero Richard Youngs records two different takes of each song on the record, and overlays them on top of each other. The result is captivating, Youngs’ delicate folkish songs sometimes clashing, sometimes harmonising, sometimes echoing each other. Seriously, this record could have been a car crash, but it turns out beautifully. Magical.

Richard Youngs
Airs of The Ear

Totally gorgeous work from Richard Youngs, as can be reliably expected from his Jagjaguwar albums. Airs Of The Ear is 100% Youngs, but it sounds like the work of a full band, with instrumental textures all over the place, forming grand arrangements which swirl around (and occasionally engulf) the central melody. Oooh, how wonderful.
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Richard Youngs & Stephen Todd
Georgians


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Richard Youngs & Alex Nielson
Partick Rain Dance


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Richard Youngs & Simon Wickham Smith
Metallic Sonatas 1-15 (March 1998)


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Richard Youngs
Advent

A classic work of outsider-minimalism (just ask Alan Licht), and also one of the very first records in Richard Youngs’ behemoth of a back catalogue. Advent is predominantly formed of an endlessly, hauntingly repeated piano melody, accompanied by paranoid vocals, then pained clarinet, then crashing guitar. Masterpiece.
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Richard Youngs & Alex Nielson
Ourselves


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Richard Youngs
May


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Richard Youngs & Simon Wickham Smith
Lammergeier


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