LISTEN TO A NEW TRACK, ‘BEWILDERMENT’
TAKEN FROM THE NEW ALBUM BELIEF – OUT 2 MARCH
“…the postpunk autodidact’s postpunk autodidact” – The Wire
RICHARD YOUNGS has shared a new track, ‘Bewilderment’, taken from his forthcoming album, Belief, out on CD, vinyl and download on 2 March 2018 via O Genesis Recordings.
Listen to the track here
Richard Youngs has released around 140 albums – recent releases include 2010’s Beyond The Valley of the Ultrahits, his 2017 collaboration with Neil Campbell, Six Scores, and 12” releases with the avant-disco supergroup, AMOR, alongside Turner nominated artist Luke Fowler, Paul Thomson (Franz Ferdinand) and Michael Francis Duch (LEMUR).
Prolific, multi-genre and impossible to categorise, Stewart Lee has said of him: “Imagine Richard Youngs as the junior member of a cabal of prolific and puritanical English musician-mystics, including The Fall’s Mark E Smith, Van der Graaf Generator’s Peter Hammill, Martin Carthy and The Clangers’ composer Vernon Elliot, and still his nature will elude you.”
Youngs recorded Belief in his hometown, Glasgow, as a cycle of chamber songs, a 21st century update of the solo album – one musician playing all the instruments in a small one-room set up. The album itself began with Youngs collecting his own percussion samples: from handclaps, a battered old cymbal, an extractor fan vent, FM radio interference, cassette hiss and a kick from “a disastrously ‘80s sounding drum machine”. These were then used to programme beats, played back at randomly determined tempos in durations mapped to randomly chosen major label songs.
The original plan was to send Belief out to the ‘major’ labels and collect the rejection letters as an art project. But, as soon as the album had been mixed, Daniel O’Sullivan (Grumbling Fur, This Is Not This Heat) played the songs to Tim Burgess and before the mail art project could take off, Belief became Richard’s debut for Tim Burgess’ O Genesis Recordings label. “Belief is sublime gnostic pop and is the soundtrack to why I wanted to be able to release albums on our label.” – Tim Burgess.
Belief is a leap of faith, an expression of Richard Youngs’ essential Youngs-ness.
Richard Youngs, who regularly performs in Europe, recently toured America and New Zealand, and played at Le Guess Who? Festival late last year, will play two dates in Scotland with Damon & Naomi and has just confirmed a show in Bristol on 22 April and an appearance at Kendall Calling in July. Further dates to be announced.
RICHARD YOUNGS LIVE
16 February – Edinburgh, Henry’s Cellar Bar – with Damon and Naomi
17 February – Glasgow, Old Hairdressers – with Damon and Naomi
22 April – Bristol, Colston Hall – with A Hawk and A Hacksaw, onsale date TBC
26-29 July – Kendall Calling festival
Watch the video for ‘Nebulosity’, described by Youngs as “… a no budget DIY project made over a weekend with family and friends. Filmed on a phone, it was edited then processed before the footage was reshot, the end result turned out quite Jarman…”,
Pre-order Belief: https://ogenesis.tmstor.es/
“Belief is one of his more structurally conventional turns, assembled by editing found percussion into digital beats and marrying this to his keening vocals and scarred guitar” – The Wir
‘Bewilderment’ – Listen to or buy: http://hyperurl.co/Bewilderment
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