Genre: bled out
There are actually two completely
separate bands named Young Henry out there today; one is a
noise act from Britain, while the other one – the Young Henry
currently in question -- plays a sort of
home-taped shoegazer fare, characterized by oddly catchy pop
fragments. If you're craving a chuckle, take a gander at the Young
Henry last.fm page for a glimpse into the war of words being waged
between the two disparate acts. On this debut tape for FLA, the
listener can expect ardently lo-fi recordings of tape-bleeding
guitar chords and obfuscated vocals. I'm intrigued but not entirely
blown away by the sound; the band revels in a sort of quirky
melodicism, as seen in top form on noise-poppy "Citadels & Atrament"
and punchy "Meandering Amognst Continuance." At times they inject a
(post-)punky urgency to the mix ("Makeshift Epoch" & "Six Ceases"
-- both the third track on either side),
which helps keep the momentum up. But my lack of uber-excitement
stems from the rather matter-of-fact nature of this tape; the songs
don't blow you away -- instead they're
just sort of there. Only the bouldering cavalcade of "Cavalcade"
really grips you by the collarbone and smacks
you around, but that may be largely on account of its deciballistic
[Vitals: 8 tracks, distributed by