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East India Youth – ‘Coastal Reflexions’ [Listen]

April 14, 2013

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Musicians and journalists alike love nothing more than to talk in terms of ‘journeys’ within music, and William Doyle aka East India Youth is quite the artisan in creating gallant soundscapes that traverse through various genres, sonic machinations and moods. The quintessential journey.

So it’s kind of apt that ‘Coastal Reflexions’ gets a bit more literal in this regard – as it features the plum English tones of a sterile train announcer reeling off station names of towns on the Southampton to Brighton-line, then overlaid with London to Brighton. “Havant… Emsworth.. Southport… Chichester… “, though shout out to Goring-by-sea for sounding the most lyrical. It’s reminiscent of this announcement malfunction on the London Overground where every single pre-programmed sound is relayed. Or on a more conceptual level, Shackleton’s Sonic Journeys where the Berlin-based producer was commissioned to write a soundtracks for two Devon train journeys.

The sprawling nine minute track itself is a highly arresting psych-freak-out, utilising the driving, repetitive force of the motorik world with a synth-laden electronica edge – foot firmly on the front foot, with that said foot on the pedal driving into a super-charged storm. It’s a galactic gallimaufry and a mighty fine listen – check out a mix he created for our Plastic Platform series for a better idea of where the influences stem from and connect the dots yourself.

The track is from the Hostel EP that it out now on Quietus Phonographic Corporation (their debut release) that you can buy from Boomkat, Rough Trade, Piccadilly Records and Norman Records.

Go see East India Youth live on April 18th for his first ever headline gig in London at the Sebright Arms, and having seen William live we can assure you that you will not be disappointed, and you may loose your shit, and you will be envious of his shirt. yeah.

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