Artist: younghusband

Title: Crystal EP

Label: Sonic Cathedral

Release Date: November 21st

Words by Mel Reeve

Woozy yet rhythmic, echoing surf-pop but with a darker edge – there is definitely a lo-fi feel to this EP, perhaps not surprising once you’re aware that younghusband began as a bedroom recording project by Euan Hinshelwood, who’s also a member of Emmy The Great. It’s fair to say there’s nothing overly novel in their choice of chord sequences or bass lines, they rise and fall fairly predictably, and no one’s going to be surprised by where their melodies go.

Younghusband – Carousel

However, there’s nothing wrong with that and younghusband have given it a bit of a twist. The spooky organ that opens and closes ‘Neon Heartbreak’ brings to mind fairgrounds and ghost trains, lending a subtler edge to the track, and it feels like the Best Coast style surf-pop they’re reminiscent of, has been given a wintry makeover.

Overall this EP is great, it’s indie-pop and its most listenable and enjoyable, let down a little only by the final track, which feels a little long, especially next to the other, more immediately rewarding tracks on this EP and it’ll be interesting to see where they take their sound next.

5/10

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Upcoming younghusband live dates;

22nd LONDON, CAMP (W/ DIAGRAMS)
24th MANCHESTER, TROF (W/ TO WOUNDED BIRDS)
26th READING, OAKFORD SOCIAL (W/ WILD PALMS)
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