There’s nothing more bleak than having to deal with people who are energetic, overly optimistic and joyful. The same goes for music, too, which is why there’s a lot of heart to be taken from the anti-hopeful swatches of noise Young Henry specialise in. Part of the always-amazing AMDISC fold, this is the work of one Kyle Y. from Minneapolis. Clearly affected by the witchhouse movement without ever really moving into the realms of symbols and synths, this is downbeat lo-fi at it’s peak.
The real beauty of debut EP U/N comes from how little actually happens in each of it’s 6 songs, whilst still having a broad but definite palate that it draws from. You can’t imagine it’d be a joy to watch live, the lyrics mainly mumbles, the melodies mostly idle and the tempo only rarely shifting above the bare minimum. But still, this is a sound to wallow in, the aural equivalent of a mildly upsetting daydream, or a friend retelling a particularly grim story about themselves. The few times that the excitement levels are raised are those that Young henry is at it’s most unremarkable. Let’s hope on future releases, Kyle keeps it gritty, morbid and thoroughly brilliant.