Boomkat Product Review:
Wayside & Woodland task the endlessly inventive Richard Youngs to riff on the overlooked, prosiac world around him...
While Youngs’ music perhaps remains an acquired taste (full disclosure: it took this writer years before he clicked, but when it did… it really did), his ‘Memory Ain’t No Decay’ statement is particularly accessible to both longer term disciples and newcomers alike.
Given a list by the label’s Ben Holten (Epic 45) which reflects their ethos - including; ”Degradation of memory, decay, change, loss, the beauty of abandoned buildings and places, post-industrial wastlelands, 'edgelands', 'unofficial countryside', grass verges, woodland between housing estates” - Youngs divines a pathos in those arguably mundane yet modestly evocative images which many of us in the UK and elsewhere pass thru or inhabit everyday.
Young sums up his approach most beautifully and succinctly as: “It’s about noticing the world, not trying to change it” and we could hardly agree more. While ostensibly mundane, prosaic, the listed zones and integers of transition have always prompted a fondness in us, and we hear that humble intrigue throughout the three works, from the plaintive, grey-skied krautrock-like repetitions littered with scudding, wistful vocals in ‘Edge of Everywhere’, to the strolling bluesy appeal of ’Still Learning’, and in the mesh of semi-pastoral strums and murky synthetic tones of ‘Not For My Eyes’.