Boomkat Product Review:
I must confess that on first listen I thought the opening song on Richard Young's seventh album was about runner beans... Needless to say it isn't. Snapped in a bigfoot-style pose on the cover of this month's Wire, Young (who has been making music for well in excess of 20 years) kicks off 'The Naïve Shaman' through the hypnotic manoeuvres of 'Life On A Beam'; wherein a deep and highly addictive cyclical electric-bass thrums away as blistered spasms of percussion underwire the multi-layered, 20/20 vocals. Whilst on paper this may sound a little too obtuse and purposefully cerebral, on record Young pulls it off a treat with a sound that isn't a million miles from Important's The Birds. Forming the central spoke of the album is the sprawling 'Sonar In My Soul' in which Young really does take on a shamanic air through his fractured chants and state-altering bass, whilst elsewhere 'Summer's Edge II" closes proceedings through a octave infused jumble of free-flowing drums and untethered vocals. Human sacrifice optional.