Cult Of Youth - Love Will Prevail
The deep and dark sprawling metropolis of Brooklyn, NY certainly isn't exactly the type of place you'd expect to find a 'post-industrial' folk band. The band members listed on their Facebook page all sound like cast members from Made In Chelsea, hinting that these guys might not inhabit the same social circles as the rest of us. But posh music has made a comeback over the last couple of years and it is with Love Will Prevail, that Cult Of Youth enter the fray.
Sean Ragon is a busy man, providing the guitars, synths, trombone, and engineering side all the while whilst sounding like a grittier and less outlandish David Bowie. 'Man And Man's Ruin' is a pleasant opener that uses a vicious sounding male/female vocal combo to bring about its restrained climax. 'Prince Of Peace' uses a similar percussion led base as much of the rest of the album, which while it brings a recurring theme does begin to grate a little the further into the record you get as you wonder whether it is only the lyrics that change with each track.
Impatiently awaiting Mumford & Sons return into their angry foot stomping days of yore? 'Garden Of Delights' will provide you with something to tide you over until Marcus and the boys revisit White Blank Page as angry Bowie returns more pissed off than before. Perhaps someone stole his last bit of face paint? 'New Old Ways' birdsong intro is a peaceful interlude before the drum sounds of Tribal Africa take hold and transport you all the way to... Balearic Spain, yeah that's right, while the beats are firmly taken from some of the Sahara's most remote locations the Spanish guitar rhythms give a slight geographically confusing edge leaving me wondering where in the world Cult Of Youth stumbled upon their now signature sound.
Older sounding folk music witnessed a revival this year with the likes of James Vincent McMorrow, Benjamin Francis Leftwich and other three barrelled namesakes bringing Fleet Foxes infused pop to the Tesco masses. 'To Lay With The Wolves' follows in a similar vein with its raging heart and an accessibly vague lyrical content. Closer, 'It Took A Lifetime' would be much more suited if it was the first track as it has a rousing nature that would no doubt serve listeners with a real intrigue into just what these Brooklyn-ites can do.
Love Will Prevail is certainly not what I was expecting and is a pleasant departure from much of the electronic driven music that currently inhabits airwaves the world over; yes, I'm looking at you Magnetic-Skrillex-Mau5. There's nothing edgy but Cult Of Youth have struck a pretty effective balance for making music and although some tracks are little samey, it has a cohesiveness that many artists are scared to invoke these days of short attention spans. Good on them for sticking to their guns.