The third LP from these LA post-punkers Young Jesus is a hyper eloquent affair reminiscent of Slint and Ought. Frequently tender, often wistful, occasionally raucous, S/T covers a lot of musical bases while still remaining a cohesive aesthetic hole. The singer’s voice is nice too, sounding like a less whiny version of the vocalist from Alt-J.
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If you like early Modest Mouse or American Football or Built to Spill then come this way. Young Jesus have *that* sound as if the band have recorded in a snow piled house on the outskirts of Minnesota. Opener 'Green' is great. it's that moment where arty college kids with guitars get chirpy for one second. Y'see after that they head down the Low, Codeine path on the slow and clanging 'River' with a slow and unfurling melody that just screams 90s slowcore.
But typecast Young Jesus at your peril because each track offers something, 'Eddy' is fractures somewhere between Slint and late period Talk Talk, whilst 'Under' and 'Desert' showcase a more Bright Eyes style of troubadour singer songwriting. I'd say that they are more impressive when they are being lowdown and moody. The singer has a think reedy voice not a million miles away from Isaac Brock and this means that the songs are best when building up layers of tension rather the voice carrying the songs in a more conventional sense.
At their best Young Jesus recall the best emo-ish indie groups - their listening material is blindly obvious but they handpick a lot of the good ideas that emerged from those groups of serious young men that littered the underground and make something pretty good for themselves.
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