Boomkat Product Review:
One of the hidden treasures in the UK's alternative rock circuit, Youthmovies return with a new six-track EP, filled with ideas and erratic stylistic shifts, maintaining a sense of sonic invention that's very much in line with the more exploratory work of pals Foals, or even fellow Oxford denizens Radiohead. You'd run into some trouble trying to pin down exactly what sort of musical policy these guys follow: while Polyp is a very progressively minded piece of work it never falls into post-rock or math-rock cliches, instead sounding far more artful and grounded in song structure. Youthmovies integrate avant-garde practices into their compositions with great skill and originality, setting forth on the radiophonic soundscaping of 'Sad Trash' between the hyper-modern rock of 'Magic Diamond' and 'Thazn's anachronistic folk tendencies. 'Become An Island' takes the experimenting a step further: a spoken-word recital is cast atop a floating drone of treated guitars and elegiac brass exchanges, only for a crisp, stuttering breakbeat to muscle its way into the piece, lending a Hood-like feel to the final moments. Within six tracks and twenty-six minutes or so, Youthmovies scroll through an abundance of great ideas and hard-working, finely balanced arrangements, presenting themselves as an increasingly exciting and incomparable musical force. Highly recommended.