Recorded at Miloko’s ‘The Pool’ studios, and mixed at Youth’s own Prism Sound studios by Michael Rendall, the EP brings together the powerhouse behind both Echo & the Bunnymen’s ‘Meteorites’ and The Jesus and Mary Chain’s ‘Damage & Joy’ albums. This EP defines the band’s darker sounds, with droning guitars, pulsating synths, thunderous drums, whilst still retaining the icy guitar riffs, glowering basslines and the moody melodic baritone of Glen’s melodies.
Glen explains:”I realised when we were already a good way into making the record that these songs were really about me creating some form of distance from my past and coming to terms with things that are out of my control. It make’s it sound like there’s an underlying sombre tone, which I guess there is in parts, but we’ve done our best to make it uplifting at the same time”.
However, Andrew is keen to stress that it’s not all gloom in NLE’s world. The EP also reflects on the bands recent electronic direction. ‘We dabbled with synths in part on the last record, but this time round we spent a lot more time with Youth crafting the right sounds which we’re all pleased with.’
Amongst the EP that grounds the bands sound and delivers on the weight of their musical power, it closes with the epic grandeur of ‘Further’. The track not only captures NLE’s desire to stretch themselves to new limits, but as a whole ‘Parting Shot’ shows their willingness to experiment in what they regard to be their most accomplished work to date.
released February 8, 2019
all songs written by glen/burgess/cavanagh/zielinski
andrew glen - vocals, guitars, synths, rhodes, programming
lee anne burgess - bass, backing
austin davey - guitar
greg zielinski - drums, percussion, piano, backing
produced by youth at the pool, london
recorded, engineered and mixed by michael rendall at prism sounds
mastered by nigel walton at the edit suite uk
additional programming by michael rendall
guitars, backing by tom cavanagh
design and art direction by northern light exposure and ghost of the north
front cover photography courtesy of the dungeness estate
rear cover provided by haarkon
inlay photography by chris o’donovan www.chrisodonovan.com
special thanks to our friends and family and everyone involved
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