It is a joy, to finally see the physical release of The Underground Youth‘s Mademoiselle.
As the Fuzz Club Records Blog attests, “The story of Mademoiselle is a testament to the power of great music being able to reach an audience, regardless of the fact the artist might be unsigned, underground and almost unheard of. Originally released in 2010 and only available online, Mademoiselle has piled up millions of views on YouTube, and has seen The Underground Youth acquire a cult following at a ferocious pace.”
All things come to those who wait.
If there was one piece of the puzzle missing from last year’s Fuzz Club Festival, it was The Underground Youth – then on tour around Europe. Kicking off at 11:00 am tomorrow in London, Under The Arches presented by Fuzz Club will complete that picture, with the official launch party for Mademoiselle.
Fuzz Club have also repressed ‘Haunted’ and ‘The Perfect Enemy For God’, to mark this auspicious occasion. I am gutted to be missing it, it almost feels like I’ll be minus a limb – I will make a partial amends, by catching The Underground Youth at the upcoming Lisbon Psych Fest.
‘Hope & Prayer’, benchmarks Craig Dyer’s lo-fi ethos, underpinned by an Arthurian quest for salvation; ‘Mademoiselle’, resonates with shimmering, hollow-bodied pathos; ‘Underground’, marches to a signature beat, cloaked in soaring redemption; ‘Olya’s Song’, is a heartstring strumming, celebration of the muse; ‘Lord Can You Hear Me’, positively thrums with snarling, reverential reverb reverie.
‘Crash (BSA Jam)’, is a tripped out, variegated odyssey; ‘Iggy The Eskimo’, is a paean to Sid Barrett’s iconic afflatus; Une Saison en Enfer’, is a Rimbaudian descent, an enigmatic, surrealist narrative; ‘Hedonism’, is awash with bright tonality, a carnival to the pleasure principle; ‘Feel So Free’, is a bold, stripped bare, self-examination; ‘Mercury Guitar’, is a mutable serenade, chiming with erratic splendour.
The Underground Youth and the gracious Craig Dyer, featured on my Eindhoven Psych Lab 2014, ‘revolutions on the radio’ podcast last Sunday – I repeat, that this band are truly spellbindingly transfixing.
Mademoiselle underscores The Underground Youth’s ability, to pen sublime tracks with a brooding timbre, given to soaring flights of majesty.
Available from the Fuzz Club Records Store, the standard edition is pressed to heavy 180g white vinyl (1000 copies), and the deluxe edition is on black and white heavy vinyl, presented in a printed inner sleeve and hand numbered gatefold cover (300 copies). Mademoiselle is also available on CD and cassette.