Newcastle's Yeah You return with their venomous, black-hearted take on black metal, on KRUTCH. They filter pow-pop earworms and vomit them out of their makeshift recording studio: a repurposed Renault Clio -- the colour: black... of course. Father and daughter tangle and improvise. Rough and snarling with jagged synth spews. Mastered by Stephen Bishop. 6-track 12" on Slip.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 13 September 2017
Yes, them. This is Newcastle’s finest and most wholesome noise duo, a coming together of father and daughter Mykl Jaxn and Elvin Brandhi, who make music extremely out of book via tangled improvisations on horrid electronics and shouted-into microphones. The pieces come out like sermons told on broken machines, the words shouted but scuzzed up so we get half of the message as the whole ship sinks.
The results, on ‘Krutch’, are wonderfully sporadic: sometimes the songs meander around long, politically charged treatises with a backdrop of dissonance, while at other times the duo match up, the stuttering electronics creating rhythm out of synapse -- “Skin (I have only lived once)” makes a good case for being one of the year’s catchiest tracks, a horrid, driving noise dance track that takes a long filibuster of a vocal and turns it into a very good beat indeed. The flatlining “Pace”, with its crumpled musical detritus, has hints of a pop song being sung underneath it, occasionally swapped out for a good power electronics skramzfest. I’ll nod my head, why not?
Having seen Yeah You implement their sparse set-up live (the duo share a makeshift table of electronics and little more), it comes as no surprise they’ve managed to make a record that juggles noise in its hands, moving around the same contingent parts for very different ideas: at times ‘Krutch’ goes all in on the harsh and at others it becomes something of an avant party record. We should all call our loved ones and ask them to make disgusting music with us.
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