Jagjaguwar are proud to announce the newest addition to RICHARD YOUNGS' astounding, visionary catalogue, Under Stellar Stream. In his latest solo work, Youngs offers up a collection of neodruid hymns and chants for the minutiae of homelife and fatherhood -- poetic transcendance through repetition and a focus on the (seemingly) micro.
Once again proving himself a master of minimalist composition, Youngs also takes leaps forward as a lyricist on Under Stellar Stream, reminiscent of the list incantations of Allen Ginsberg. With this comes a change in Young's voice, now less pleading, deeper and more assured. In these atonal, spatial arrangements, each phrase is granted the room to work into the cerebral cortex -- and perhaps a deeper consciousness. "I am remembering now the waiting on time itself. I am remember now the value of sleep," recited Youngs' domesticated avatar on opening track "Broke Up By Night," a celtic prayer for the modern man. Then, on "All Day Monday and Tuesday," over a droning bass and slow, meandering organ, the grind of the work day becomes empyreal: "All day Monday and Tuesday, the room of work, the room of work...All day Monday and Tuesday, the clarity, the clarity."
For more than 20 years, Glasgow-based, Harpenden-bred Youngs has been at the forefront of progressive minimalism, through solo home recording projects; through collaborations with the likes of Alex Neilson, Simon Wickham-Smith and Makoto Kawabata (of Acid Mothers Temple); and in special live performances playing bass with Jandek. Leaving a very human fingerprint on even the most far-reaching experimentations, Youngs has built an extensive, intriguing catalogue that just begs one to go deeper.
Under Stellar Stream will be released on October 19 on CD/LP/Digital formats.
Broke Up By Night mp3 here:
Richard has a few UK dates on the horizon, including an appearance with Heather Leigh Murray on October 9 as part of The Wire magazine's Into The Vortex series:
Keep an eye on this page for more dates: