If you don’t yet know the music of U.K. artist Richard Youngs, it may be hard to find a good reference point. He’s a singer-songwriter and accomplished guitarist, yes. And while he does write ‘songs,’ they definitely unfold at their own speed. It’s not really experimental per se, but it is music that floats across the ether, powered less by the force of chords, power or otherwise, than by a wandering imagination. Think bent strings, meandering melodies, and a voice of curiosity. OK, maybe it is ‘experimental.’ But it’s also lovely, gentle, captivating, and in its own way, groundbreaking.
Youngs has a new album, Amplifying Host, due to hit stores July 19 in North America (July 18 in the EU and UK). It’s released by Jagjaguwar and also features Damon Krukowski (Galaxie 500, Damon and Naomi).
To get a taste of what’s to come, below is a free MP3 download of the new Youngs track, “Tessellations.”