Local CD Review: Yung Life

Yung Life

Youth's Hours

Yung Life's debut album, after a number of singles and EPs over the last year, is a 40-minute synth dream. The songs—suites of electronic riffs anchored by both preset beats and live drums—alternate between a haunting chill, club-ready funkiness, and ecstatic rave psychedelia; the best songs, like "Tyler," capture all three moods into one grand, sweeping sound. The band's coherent, unifying aesthetic nevertheless comprises a surprising variety of songwriting approaches, from the grinding riff and motorik beat of "Snakes Dungeons" to the pulsing dance-floor retroism of "I Be Scared" and the icy New Wave ballad "Patient Love."