by Jenn Kelly, Contributing Writer
When I first got my hands on an advance copy of Young Hunting‘s True Believers, I played the album straight through five times in the first sitting. I listened to the same songs over and over trying to get a grasp on their complexities. The album is that good. It’s beautiful, subtle, delicate and heavy hitting all in one blow.
Los Angeles indie quintet, Young Hunting‘s True Believers is the band’s sophomore effort available via Gold Robot Records, and the follow-up to their 2013 debut album, Hazel. This latest offering is a welcome reprieve as the band has been largely silent in the years between.
True Believers is a trippy, psych-folk study in the art of loss: past loss, future loss, and the loss you hold in your hand. The framework of the band is structured around the writings of Ilya Mxx and Hari Rex, who started creating together in 2007 over a mutual love of Jason Molina and California ’60s and ’70s pop.
The stand out track, “Every Living Thing,” contrast an upbeat tempo and dreamy retro vibe with the stark melancholy lyrics that reference floods and other cataclysmic events in modern times. “Crimes” is another noteworthy track that boasts unworldly harmonies that prove a warming salve for the tired and weary.
Young Hunting‘s latest offering is a luxuriant, intimate portrait that paints the juxtaposition of pain and sense of self and all of the nuances in between. The complex subject material
True Believers Track List:
1. Every Living Thing
3. Blue Dream
5. Two Worlds
7. Seventeen Days
8. Mother Drunk on Wine
10. Cold Dark Cloud