Signed to the Red Deer Club label in Manchester, Young British Artists sound like a mash-up of the best things to come out of music in the past 5 years or so. Their influences are so eclectic and wide it’s hard to pin them down sometimes, and on their debut EP, Small Waves, it’s often down to the listener themselves to try and track down which parts sound like which band. The vocals at time sound like early Bloc Party demos, where Kele’s voice sounded like it was being put through a loudspeaker, and their are hints of Arcade Fire here, of some Sonic Youth there – even some of Tokyo Police Club’s work seems to get a reference thanks to the work on the keyboard..
Despite only clocking in at under 16 minutes, the record is one that is easy to get lost in, and depsite only having it for about 3 days, it’s already onto it’s tenth listen. It ebbs and flows perfectly, building up and slowing down in all the right places. It’d be a stretch to call them shoegaze, but there are certainly elements of it – but think more towards Engineers than Pains of being Pure at Heart in terms of the more recent crop.
They’ve already played with Times New Viking and Lovvers, so there’s no need to doubt their credentials. Based in an around Manchester, it’s probably best to check their myspace for details of gigs rather than looking here. Highly recommended, and should certainly be going places in the very near future.
Young British Artists – Bring the Sun mediafire (from Small Waves EP)