Release Date: Jan 22, 2021
Record label: PNKSLM
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
Believe it or not, but over five-years have passed since Yung released their debut album 'A Youthful Dream'. When the dust had settled on that album's cycle the band weren't as quite as proud of it as they hoped. This collective feeling made them not want to rush its follow-up. Instead, they took their time and crafted something that surpasses their debut while not sounding jarring or out of place next to it.
Ongoing Dispute appears an odd choice for the title of this second Yung record, as a quick listen to the lyrics on first track Autobiography reveals that the other party in the argument seems to have moved on with their life. As front man Mikkel Holm Silkjær begrudgingly divulges, his peeved vocal delivery recalling the once endearing sloppiness of The Replacements' Paul Westerberg, his former loved one has “found a substitute” and “thrown a friendship away”. It's apparent that, reluctant to move forward and calling out into the void, he's put himself at risk of drowning in self-pity, reminiscing about a future that didn't quite play out as expected.
That it's taken over three years for Yung to follow up debut album 'A Youthful Dream' doesn't really play into the 'worth the wait' trope; seconds into opener 'Autobiography' and it's as if the Danes were never never gone. This is no blistering return, but a pleasant one nonetheless. Fuzzy and frustrated, much like its title, the tension throughout 'Ongoing Dispute' frequently threatens to bubble over into fury, but is always brought back.