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REVIEW: Yung - A Youthful Dream

REVIEW: Yung - A Youthful Dream

By: Jessica Sanchez
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A review of the Yung album A Youthful Dream.

 

Danish band Yung, started by 22-year-old Mikkel Holm Silkjær, brings us a new, well-rounded batch of punk songs that features the perfect amounts of energy, feeling, angst, and nuance. Their new album, A Youthful Dream, reflects bits and pieces of the European and American punk scenes they are clearly influenced by. To dismiss the burgeoning, young band as decidedly punk, though, would be unfair. There is a lot going on in each song, and the album takes a full listen or two to fully appreciate its complexity.


The driving drums and dynamic guitar riffs only begin to describe some of the key players of “A Youthful Dream”. The album opens with the track, “Hatch,” a song that perfectly captures the feeling and motion of struggling to escape through a hatch. The melodic, repeated chorus is equal parts felt and powerful. “A Mortal Sin” follows with a similar energy, the guitar, drums, and vocals acting together in a pounding harmony that lets up only a little to introduce “Uncombed Hair”. Each song acts as a mini-homage to a different part of youth — the good, the bad, the angsty — and by the end of each, you’ll be left wanting more.

 

My favorite track overall has to be “A Bleak Incident,” which features an irresistible melody over post-punk(-ish), atmospheric instrumentals that manage to come off relentless and driving, yet pensive. It also feels like the turning point of the album, hinting at its denouement. The tracks that follow confront darker themes, and the track “The Sound of Being Okay” feels like it hits the highs and lows of being young and wary of existential woes. The title track, placed at the end for good measure, is the perfect resolution.

 

Yung - “The Child”


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