Girls – Youth Cattle

28 Jun

Sometimes it can be very hard to find “fresh” music. How can you produce a fresh sound when every type has essentially been defined already? The answer is with courage and the willingness to try new things (WOW this is cliché). So although we hear Lady Gaga-brand pop redone countlessly, there is nothing fresh about it. Why? Not to get all ranty on you, but because redoing what people already likes is so inoffensive and so certain of selling. It’s the artists who make music for the sake of making music who are the ones who are going to produce the rare fresh songs. To my mind you can include Youth Cattle amongst those who have dared, and are daring, to push the envelope in the name of evolving music.

That said, sometimes I love familiar if used correctly. I’ve definitely been rambling so let’s get to the actual music and forget the abstract. Youth Cattle list under their influences “self-loathing” and nothing else. Not particularly promising and doesn’t really feel accurate. The California band have such a lovely on the ears sound, soothing. The vocals are Interpol-esque but the tone and tempo of the music is more relaxed and, dare I say it, comforting. The old school photos of the band only serve to highlight that these guys are basically very cool!

The group are picking up a following already and with two potentially lead singles already written and recorded in Summer and Girls, their future is very bright.

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