Psychedelic shape-shifters the Underground Youth release a hundred thousand records a year so it's important they keep things fresh; with this repress of 2011's Delirium that's actually achieved by going back to their original sound, a low-key and slow-cooked psych rock with hints of blues and stoned-out space worship. Recommended to fans of the Spacemen 3 and mister Brian Jonestown Massacre.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 07 September 2017
That the Underground Youth release about million things a year suggests one of two things...either they are prolific music geniuses or that are happy shove out any old slop. The truth probably lies somewhere between. I have heard records by them that sound inspired and others that make we want to despair.
This record was originally in 2011 and continues the same psych rock themes as earlier records with several different shades of laconic Spacemen 3 style compositions that use their tried and tested formula of three chord droning sunglassed pop. But though 'What She Does To Me' is like a tired Spacemen 3, the Underground Youth nod towards Joy Division on the opening atmospheres of 'Strangle Up My Mind' and Bob Dylan on the folky 'Dystopia'. Craig Dyer always sounds like he's just woken up and Underground Youth have the ability to conjure up repetitive mantras that draw you into their fogged up world. 'Persona' is an example of an ability to repeat a riff so often that it becomes almost like air. It doesn't really matter what Dyer is singing and if he is singing at all - it's the feel that counts.
The lack of a band structure sometimes inhibits Dyer, this has all the narrow insular palette of a solo album and it's rare that Underground Youth sound like anything else but a solo artist. These vignettes will appeal to fans of Jesus & Mary Chain, Brian Jonestown Massacre but Underground Youth often make me feel like lying down. The classic psych dad band. Picking bits of the bands you remember and reinterpreting them into stoned bedroom aligned compositions.
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