180g vinyl LP on Gipsy Sphinx. Edition of 525 copies.
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- Summer Wanderer by Richard Youngs
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The last Richard Youngs record I reviewed only came out last week - a collaborative 7" EP of minimal electronic pop with Andrew Paine. The prolific experimental songster is back already, though, with this limited 'Summer Wanderer' LP where he sings three lengthy a capella tracks.
It's quite a meditative style he's adopting here, with his plainsong spirituals reminding me of Alasdair Roberts more than anybody else. He's certainly got a distinctive voice, and one that's well suited to this type of music, world-weary and with a plangent, unforced clarity. He's a brave lad putting out an entire LP of his unaccompanied voice, but it's really soothing and timeless-sounding.
It's certainly not for everyone, but if you're a fan of Youngs's voice then you're in luck, these plaintive and monastic-sounding passages are full of it.
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