Young Fathers - 'Heavy Heavy'

9/10

Ever since they first emerged with their stunning breakthrough debut LP 'Dead' in 2014, Scottish trio Young Fathers have been one of the most beloved and innovative names on the scene ever since. With a brilliantly distinctive direction that blends a multitude of aesthetics lifted from the worlds of hip-hop, indie, electronica and so much more, they have delivered time and time again throughout their career to date. But now it feels like they have reached a zenith within their sound with their fourth full-length 'Heavy Heavy', a record that breathes tremendous life and passion from start to finish.

While much of their older material seemed to exist within a more sombre and atmospheric ideal, 'Heavy Heavy' roars straight out of the gate with some of their most impactful and euphoric material to date. The general tone of this new collection brims with rich and luxurious textures that allow the three members complete freedom to express themselves throughout. Rarely faltering or finding a moment to quieten down, they look to have pulled off a personal masterpiece here.

While Young Fathers' legacy has always been a critically-acclaimed one, 'Heavy Heavy' feels like a fresh and adventurous step forward within their sound to date. With so much bright and uplifting energy threaded throughout each track, there is hardly a moment that they aren't pushing themselves to deliver greatness and intrigue amongst this full-length.

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