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Youth and Immortality - Review

Amidst the hundreds of submissions we receive, every once in a while one stands out amongst the others and this British trio is one of them. Youth and Immortality Comprised of Nathalie (vocals/synths), Jake (guitars /synths) and Helene (synths), the band just got their start recently and this is their first full-length album released on Desire Records. This short album is presented with eight dark and moody cold wave tracks, reminiscent of The Cure around the days of their Faith or Pornography albums.

I was first introduced to this band and this album with the track "Rotary". I was impressed with the style and mix of classic, dark new wave sounds of guitar, synths and some simple programmed drums. This piece is something of a template for most of the album, keeping the moods dark, cold and distant with plenty of reverb and echo, sounding as if each track were recorded in a dark, cold warehouse or something of the like. The female vocals are smooth, but not bringing out the dreamy or sensual nature you would expect, but rather creating even more of that cold, yet emotional style that comes out on each piece. As we drift along from piece to piece, each one is fairly upbeat with a solid rhythm while the mix of synths and guitars create a subtle, yet captivating tapestry and back-drop for the vocals. The aforementioned "Rotary" remains a favorite on the album, but others stand out as well. "City Lights" is one that is very similar in overall mood and structure, while maybe delving into the emotional realm a bit more. "Tortured Soul Final" really brings out the emotion with the angst-ridden vocals becoming enveloped in the thick web of synths and guitars. As the album starts to wrap up, we hit the definite favorite of the album with "Dark of Summer". This piece just really connects with the soul on different levels, whether it's the haunting synths, the somber beat or the distant, heart-breaking vocals.

So it seems we've found another gem to grace the pages of Gothic Paradise and we're happy to include them on the radio waves as another great band and album to enjoy. I think readers and fans of old-style The Cure possibly the dreamier and softer pieces of Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Cocteau Twins will enjoy this album, so check it out.

Rating: 4/5


Website: Phosphor - Bandcamp
Label: Desire Records

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