Younghusband return with their third and perhaps most advanced album Dissolver. Simultaneously insular and yet somehow endlessly widescreen this cool, calm and confident collection of guitar-loving songs is deliciously dark, tender and authoritative in equal measure. Out on CD and vinyl LP from ATP Recordings.
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Initially Young Husband seem to sit in a place that is half way between the Strokes and Deerhunter. They play a brand of strummy understated guitar pop that sometimes hits dizzy melodic highs.
They don’t pound out their music, instead sound like they are playing with their arms tied together. They seem to have dropped some of their earlier shoegaze inclinations - don’t get me wrong this is still hazy but it’s just pop music really, however further listens reveals a much more varied and impressive unit. When this band when they get it right they get it completely right. The highlight of the album is the delicious ‘Broken Girls’ with it’s gorgeous keyboard motif and sweeping tuneful chorus. It’s reminding me of all sorts of folk from Stereolab to the Chills to Brian Eno’s mid 70’s pop experiments. Song of the week for sure- an absolute belter.
It doesn’t define the record though - there are things to enjoy everywhere. I particularly enjoyed ‘Orange Flare’ with it’s spindly wandering melody which reminded me of Big Star’s naked Third album or some of Scott Miller’s Game Theory ballads. I could keep throwing obscure references around but looking closer to home it has much of what is good about Atlas Sound about it. They do some kraut rocking too, ‘Better Times’ and opener ‘Waverly Street’ have something of the Quickspace/Stereolab rhythmic plod about them.
Really impressive. I enjoyed this!
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