Southerly – Youth

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Summary

  • Toured the UK with The New Amsterdams as well as shows with Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band, Audrey, The Sea And Cake and more.
  • Third full-length album, our first through Engineer. Previous recordings also include a song-a-week project for 22 weeks for this prolific artist.
  • Co-released by Arctic Rodeo Recordings, Greyday Records and Engineer.

Track Listing

  1. Suffer
  2. Do We Believe?
  3. Youth
  4. All Abandoned
  5. Her Name Is Forward
  6. Lust
  7. Sacrifice
  8. So You’re Right
  9. Going Down
  10. Breaking In
  11. Without A Cause
  12. The End Of Adolescence

About this Release

It’s common hyperbole to boast of a songwriter’s newfound “maturity” with each new album, as if it were hallmark of perfection. With Southerly’s third full length Youth, Portland, OR’s dark-pop auteur Krist Krueger takes on the very notion of earned perspective through age & experience. Youth itself is a poignant exploration of life’s varying stages of uncertainty and self-deception. Likewise, musically it explores shades of song structure with equal measures of childlike wonder and nuanced pop expertise.

The title track pits a delightfully simple nursery rhyme vocal melody over droning two-chord guitars and an elegantly simple piano line that builds to a gallop as Krueger warily sings, “a child with no remorse/ a villain on his course / it’s youth / it’s youth / confident and cool.” There’s an equal sense of hope and foreboding in both his voice and the song’s somber tone that fully accentuates the song’s impact. “All Abandoned” pits an insistent acoustic guitar refrain alongside a stately piano phrase with dark aplomb reminiscent of The National or Angels of Light.

Elsewhere, elements of Greg Sage’s effect-laden guitar lines in Portland legends The Wipers and hints of New Zealand kiwi-pop (ranging from The Clean to The Veils) permeate Southerly’s songs with a marriage of anthemic force and understated grace. Throughout, Krueger’s mastery of infectious melody, ominous drone, sparing song structure and astute lyricism gives Youth its dramatic impact.

Youth is not a “mature” album in the cliched sense. Rather, and more importantly, it embodies exactly everything that the best music can be: a comforting companion to our multitude of hopes and fears throughout all stages of life. Krueger never professes to provide answers, but he’s asking the right questions.



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