Youngblood Hawke "Youngblood Hawke - EP" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Thu, 16 Aug 2012 13:56:47
Youngblood Hawke have "next big thing" written all over them.
However, they actually deserve that tag. The Los Angeles quintet sounds simply massive, majestic, and marvelous on its self-titled four-song debut EP [iTunes link]. The first single, "We Come Running", glides on an uplifting chant and shimmering melody as big as church bells or your favorite Beatles song. With a gang vocal and infectious hook, the track bares a cinematic bombast and danceable groove, making a veritable summer hit. Get it on iTunes for free right now as their "single of the week".
That one will make you run, but "Stars (Hold On)" buzzes with psychedelic orchestration and a funky falsetto that belies just how epic everything underneath is. Clear acoustic guitar fuels the heartfelt and hypnotic "Forever", illuminating another side of this diverse and dynamic outfit with a spacey love song. Meanwhile, "Rootless" commences with another chant and echoing guitar a la U2. The poetic refrain "I'm feeling rootless" remains both poignant and powerful. It captures longing with a glimmer of hope all the same.
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