Friday, July 19th, 2013

Young Wonder – Electrified

No, not a rapper…


Brad Shoup: So… not a rapper, then. Between Rachel Pixie’s deliberate Knifing and those uncut bass chunks, the bounds of the sonic spectrum are covered. I’ve only recently realized how much I love vocal chopping, so the male countervocal’s what kept me rewinding. As a whole, it’s water for wading, not for gazing.

Iain Mew: The brittle, pitched up sound is an increasingly familiar one that I’m not the biggest fan of, but Young Wonder pick their own way by going from an initially inwards-looking song to externalising the excitement and weirdness. It’s the air that’s electrified first as the booming synth notes come in. Lose the terrible deeper vocals and it would be a great song.

Anthony Easton: The skittering sounds in the beginning are pretty in an ornamental way, and the stuttering of male vocals before the introduction of female vocals are clever enough in ways to expect, in a new Daft Punk way, some curiousity about acoustic drums versus electronic production emerges, but it’s a minor question. And the questions sort of pile up, in a set of minor concerns — why “blue eyes,” why does the sizzling sound not very electronic, why does this person think electronic noise is novel, why is there so little wonder here — but I have no energy to answer them.

Alfred Soto: It could be harder, better, and stronger, not to mention faster, which the singer’s taffy-like approach to enunciating syllables complicates.

Patrick St. Michel: It’s not that I think Young Wonder are derivative of the Purity Ring/Chvrches/AlunaGeorge set of music makers, even though they certainly fit into the same category as them. The sound all those acts swim in still sounds good, it’s just that the above — along with a whole slew of hype-deprived acts floating around SoundCloud and Bandcamp — make music much more interesting than “Electrified.” Young Wonder have a female vocalist and they mess around with vocal samples and are generally a jittery electronic mess — but that’s it. Purity Ring — who they are biting wholesale here sonically — found ways to make this combination come off as unsettling. Young Wonder just sound content that they got this all recorded. 

Cedric Le Merrer: The stuttering beat and constipated delivery of the verses do an honest job at building up tension, but the release part is really no release at all. What makes Purity Ring’s best songs work is that their tension and weirdness never resolves into something more pop, they’re the whole point. This doesn’t resolve either, but it does try, and fails.

Crystal Leww: The bleep bloops remind me of Purity Ring but the vocals are so much more inferior. They are noticeably off beat and sound choked back for some reason. It manages to sound like they are joke vocals, an imitation of this style, but something tells me this delivery is 100 per cent sincere, which might make it worse.

Katherine St Asaph: Ireland’s Young Wonder have gone from straight synthpop to Purity Ringers like “Electrified” as the trend flies — and considering how cutthroat the blog game they’re playing is, who can blame them? What lifts this from the dross is how airy its chorus is, how light despite the sonic smorgasbord. (“Tumbling” is the same way.) “Winter air,” they say, but this is pure summer haze.

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