I love this fan video created by António Lérias for Young Hunting’s song “Sweet Bird”. The imagery is apparently copped from a notoriously bad movie called The Hands of Fate.
Young Hunting’s debut LP Hazel drops on June 11th as a limited edition 12” record. One person who pre-orders the LP will also randomly receive a copy of the test pressing as an added bonus. Pre-order here.
Young Hunting’s Hazel 12”, slated for release in June right here on Gold Robot Records, has been receiving some great praise. Here’s a few excerpts.
“Brooding sounds with infectious melody layered in is what I keep coming back to.” - Sly Vinyl
“There’s sort of a cold English psychedelia feel to this track which contrasts to what most of us think of a ‘dream-pop’. But it does entrance, doesn’t it? It meanders like fog and rolls in waves. The track comes together with a beautifully unsettling vocal harmony before guitars crash all around us. Sand and expectations equally displaced.”
- I Guess I’m Floating
“There’s a great deal to be said for carefully crafted pop songs, especially the sort that slowly unfolds. Restraint and all that. Such is the feeling you’ll get when you listen to the first single from the upcoming album from Young Hunting. Their track builds towards the climax, which turns listeners on their ears during the chorus, also adding more musical accompaniment to the rest of the track from it’s first bright burst. Each note has a purpose, allowing the band to maximize their emotional pull.” - Austin Town Hall
“Their lush, dream pop aesthetic combined with lyrical embodiment of failed affairs creates a decadent melancholy that I tend to gravitate towards during my workweek seclusions.” - Indie Shuffle
“Winding and tightly spindled, “Baby’s First Steps” is the perfect reason to be excited for Los Angeles-based Young Hunting debut LP. The track unfurls slowly, almost furtively, with a slinking groove and a simmering beat that builds cautiously amid surgically sharp guitar stabs and a darkly plaintive rhythm. Like the more flowing and (comparatively) upbeat single “Maze” that preceded it, it’s emotive and lushly atmospheric. In other words, this is a band that knows how to set a mood.” - Turntable Kitchen
“Los Angeles quintet Young Hunting’s debut full-length album Hazel begins with gentle, lush dream pop and ends with stark, desolate gothic folk. The record, inspired mostly by failed affairs, a divorce, and life in the shadow of LA’s show-business culture, took the band two years to produce. We’ve been thoroughly seduced by these two tracks, Baby’s First Steps and Maze, which are lush, woozy and seductive. They effortlessly evoke a sense of back porch bonhomie and marijuana enhanced well being and who could ask for more than that?” - The Mad Mackerel
“(T)win visions of a Los Angeles caught somewhere between hopelessness and hope.” - 32 ft/second
The next release on Gold Robot Records will be the debut LP by LA-based Young Hunting. Hazel will drop on June 11th as a limited edition 12”, there will be only 500 copies available. You can pre-order the album now. One person will be chosen at random from the first 100 pre-orders to receive an original test pressing as an added bonus.
Los Angeles quintet Young Hunting’s debut full-length album Hazel begins with gentle, lush dream pop and ends with stark, desolate gothic folk. The record, inspired mostly by failed affairs, a divorce, and life in the shadow of LA’s show-business culture, took the band two years to produce. Primary songwriters Hari and Ilya first met in 2007, quickly bonding over a shared appreciation for Nick Cave, Jason Molina, Can, and the classic California pop of the 60s and 70s. Tracks for “Hazel” were recorded in various locations around Southern California, including a former ranger’s station in the Angeles National Forest, Grandma’s Dojo studio in LA’s Koreatown, a rented one-bedroom desert house outside of Joshua Tree, and living rooms, garages & guest houses in Echo Park.
Björn Kleinhenz has released a new video for the track “Fårö”, which is taken from the beautiful album The Fall of Discontent which you can stream on his bandcamp page. The video is directed by Jonas Börjesson.
On March 23rd, the German label JellyFant Records will release a limited edition 12” for the LP. It features a screenprinted black box and will also contain photographs from his collaboration with Simon Rydén.
One of our distributors recently bit the dust, so they returned a number of records. A couple of these were previously unavailable, including Monster Rally’s Beyond the Sea 12” and the collaborative Monster Rally & RUMTUM Coasting 12”. If you missed out on these the first time around, now’s your chance to pick one up over in the Gold Robot web store.
Our very own Ned Oldham starred in a film that is making the festival rounds, most noticeably recently premiering at Sundance. I Used To Be Darker is directed by Matt Porterfield and also stars Kim Taylor, Hannah Gross, and Deragh Campbell. Check out the trailer above.
You can still get yourself a copy of Ned’s limited edition 7” titled Let’s Go Out Tonight over in our web store.