Young Fathers: Heavy Heavy – “A Cohesive Fusion Of Sound”

4.5 out of 5.0 stars

Young Fathers, the Scottish trio that won a Mercury Prize in 2014 for their debut album Dead, have once again proven their musical prowess with the release of their fourth album Heavy Heavy.

The 10-track record is a prime example of the band’s exceptional ability to create a unique and cohesive sound that seamlessly blends various musical styles such as soul, pop, rock, and hip-hop.

The listener is taken on a journey that is both dark and dense, much like the band’s previous material. Throughout the album, Young Fathers captivate their audience with politically charged lyrics that are subtly infused into their anthemic beats. The result is a powerful and thought-provoking work that showcases the band’s exceptional songwriting skills and ability to create a cohesive fusion of sound.

The second track “I Saw” sets the tone with fast-paced drums and heavy bass, turning simple lines into repetitive mantras that stay with the listener long after the song has ended, “I saw what I saw, I keep on walking the line.” “Drum” carries a deep intensity, similar to that of a gospel sermon, and sees the Scottish trio switch between English and Yoruba vocals. Meanwhile, the track “Ululation” serves as a welcome break in the pop-punk-rap hybrid sound that the band has become known for.

Watch Young Fathers’ “I Saw” below

Young Fathers’ “Heavy Heavy” is a testament to the band’s ability to create music that is both passionate and soulful. The album’s closing track “Be Your Lady” showcases the band’s ability to evoke euphoria through tempo and chord changes, making it the perfect ending to a journey that listeners won’t soon forget.

Young Fathers’ “Heavy Heavy” is a must-listen for fans of innovative and genre-defying music. The band’s ability to blend different styles into a cohesive fusion of sound, combined with thought-provoking lyrics and repetitive hooks, make this album a standout work that will stay with listeners long after their first listen.

Heavy Heavy is out now via Ninja Tune. You can order your copy here.

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