ARTIST: Andrew Younker
RELEASE DATE: 2nd February 2017
RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned
While many of us were in a turkey coma over the festive season, Andrew Younker appears to have experienced a bout of intense productivity. He's created an impressive 6 track EP that builds on the woozy sonic foundations of 'Brainchild' (released November 2016). Andrew's voice and approach somehow make me think of Sufjan Stevens, it's probably more my perception than reality, but sometimes that's how it goes. The aesthetic is familiar, with washes of beautiful noise given direction mainly through the insistent bass. There's a strong electro feel, but plenty of organic noises too. 'Microchasm' is available to buy/download right now from andrewyounker.bandcamp.com
Microchasm by Andrew Younker
The resolute rhythm of Electric Chair sets the pace for the EP, the bassline pushing the song along pleasingly, while the guitars swirl about somewhere up above. Totaled Ambulance's post punk feel with its reverby snare sound and, of course, that bass bowling along in its icy beauty, nods to the 80s. Multi-layered melodies shine through Eyes Turn Blue. The gritty but glorious guitars glow with restrained power, as does Andrew's voice. There's a change of feel with Down The Stairs which in contrast to the immaculate construction of earlier tracks seems freer, with an almost psychedelic guitar line.
A monotone robotic voice sings plaintively in Sophisticated, which soon merges in into Pretend Therapist. Again the 80's influences are clear, but Younker's tastes are impeccable, every sound carefully selected and placed perfectly. Microchasm is an interesting step in Younker's musical development, exuding a cultivated chilliness. Can't wait to hear where he goes next.
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In her time, Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr has attended raves and rock clubs. She enjoys pedals, pizza and spy dramas. Sarah also plays guitar in Edinburgh-based noisemakers Wozniak and is co-founder of Morningside Young Team who put on gigs and put out records for discerning audiences who enjoy fuzz and confusion.
by Primal Music
RELEASE DATE: 16th December 2016
RECORD COMPANY: Hidden Bay Records
Detroit-based Andrew Younker's created a dreamy collection for what seems to be his debut EP. Out on Toulouse's Hidden Bay Records, Younker self-recorded the five songs in his dorm room. Skillfully fusing acoustic guitar, beats and reverby layers, it's warm and soft like a dreampop duvet. But, that's not all, Younker's got an interesting approach with structure and arrangements that at first seem simple, but closer listening reveals a greater complexity.
Brainchild by Andrew Younker
The record opens with acoustic guitar providing melody and propulsion, but soon Pink Slip blooms with synth bass, phased drums and some beatiful ambient swells. The song seems to breath in and out. The warbly delay of Being Stuck wraps this wee track up in a warm cosy glow, ahead of the arrival of Brainchild. The EP's title track has a bit more muscle than what we've heard so far. The bass pushes the track along, dropping back and building to a furious finish.
Acoustic guitars layer upon sparkly layer on Dunning-Kruger Effect, and Younker's voice glides along on top. 'I need a melancholy ending', he sings. They Were Only Pictures is a hypnotic beauty, with layers of chiming accoustic guitar weaving woozy melodies, so simple and sixties. A glitchy beat kicks in and brings us bang up to date.
An intriguing start to 2017. Brainchild is available now on tape and download.
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