Overall Score: 8/10 Solos: 9/10 Singalongs: 8/10 Atmosphere: 10/10 Pros: Beautifully produced, punchy and evidently talented. Cons: Would've suited a full album instead of a brief EP.
Home is where the heart is, no matter how many Years Young you may be.
With a consistently beautiful melodic core swathed in electric reflection, it’s plain to see Lincolnshire alt-rock outfit Years Young are by no means an afterthought – this EP has evidently taken valuable time and dedication, and every note sings its own praises.
Voluminous opener ‘Miracles’ sets the melodic scene, nursing an electric current amid a captivating reflection from vocalist Luke – “My life is built on miracles that never came to light.” ‘Finding My Feet’s steely determination is built with an electric live atmosphere in mind, showcasing drummer Ollie’s vivacious sticksmanship while a noodling solo packs a quirky punch.
Meandering ‘The Sign’ hosts more of the same tricksy fretwork, before ‘Paper Mountains’ changes key toward a towering tale of solemnity, concealing its scars behind a swaying tempo. True to its name, ‘Electric’ brings an energetic dedication with contagious repeated vocals to herald an incredibly well thought-out hit. Like perfect poetry, closer ‘Sleeping Easy’ serenades with a heartbreaking ode to emotional trauma with as much daunting power as the EP cover.
The hard work and tenacity poured into this EP makes it more of a mini album, a handful of beautifully crafted and phenomenally produced tracks that will no doubt stand Years Young in good stead for a strong future. Watch this space.
Years Young’s Hiraeth EP is out now. The band can be followed on Twitter at @YearsYoungMusic.