The Underground Youth announce new album 'Nostalgia's Glass' and share video for lead single 'I Thought I Understood'.
Manchester-born, Berlin-based group The Underground Youth are today announcing their eleventh studio album ‘Nostalgia’s Glass’ and sharing the lead single ‘I Thought I Understood’ along with a dreamlike video directed by Parker Love Bowling. A piece of breezy, jangling post-punk, the new single is an infectious preview of what’s to come on the new record, due out August 18. There's an exclusive Fuzz Club version up for pre-order in our store, limited to 250 hand-numbered copies on 180g clear-pink vinyl. There will also be a clear-blue version available from indie stores. Pre-order here
Talking about the album news and single, band-founder Craig Dyer writes: “‘Nostalgia’s Glass’ looks back at the music of The Underground Youth, forming new songs in a style reminiscent of the band's past, whilst lyrically condemning the nostalgia that the album is itself guilty of. ’I Thought I Understood’ was the first track for the album that I wrote following the above mentioned objective to write about nostalgia, in this song's case an unhealthy obsession with the past.”
Expanding on the album’s themes, Dyer adds: “When faced with making the eleventh record of your musical projects career, you think long and hard about the direction you wish to take. Do you look at what is currently popular and aim to carve out a space for yourself in the modern music which you currently enjoy, or do you look back at the foundations upon which your band has built its name and fanbase? This nostalgic sense of looking over one's shoulder to the past ended up influencing both the musical style of this new record and the subject matter of each track.
The aim became to create a collection of songs that paid homage to our back catalogue, whilst implementing all that had been learnt along the way. I attempted to dissect not only the positive but the negative elements of nostalgia, primarily the romanticisation of the past, be it the politics of a country, the controversial legacies of film and musical icons or the sentimental idealisation of long dead toxic relationships.”