Release Date: Oct 30, 2015
Record label: ATP
Head here to submit your own review of this album. When British quartet Younghusband released their debut album Dromes two years ago, it almost felt like a late entry into the crowded neo-psychedelic revival trend that had already been underway for a few years. It wasn't exactly a case of slavish revivalism though, and what has set the band apart from the beginning is a strong sense of songcraft that strikes just enough of a balance between familiarity and originality.
Two years after the release of their debut album, Dromes, the British quartet Younghusband returns with a new collection produced by Loop's Robert Hampson. As with Dromes, there seems to be no pressure toward a strictly defined sound, with any caprice potentially unveiling their next direction. It's an approach that works in their favor. .
Younghusband’s 2013 début Dromes may have been slightly overdue, considering frontman Euan Hinshelwood had started the ball rolling from his bedroom around six years beforehand, but it proved worth the wait: the reverb and phase soaked, blissed-out offering conjured up comparisons to The Jesus And Mary Chain, Stereolab and Spacemen 3 amongst others. It had all taken off somewhat by chance too, with Hinshelwood sending demos to New York producer Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter) in the hope he would take a personal interest, as they had no money to pay for his services. Luckily, he did, promptly making room in his busy schedule by booking a two week slot to record with the now fully fleshed out band at Chapel Studios, Lincolnshire before the album was sent back to the Big Apple for remixing.