Posted on March 24 2021
The Underground Youth announce UK/EU tour in support of new album 'The Falling'
Arriving off the back of their newly-released tenth album ‘The Falling’, The Underground Youth are today sharing a new video for ‘Letter From A Young Lover’ and announcing European tour-dates for later this year. We're also very excited to say that hitting the road alongside them will be The Vacant Lots! Released earlier this month, the highly-praised 'The Falling' LP sees The Underground Youth trade their usual visceral post-punk for a stripped-back sound that, instead, enters the world of shadowy, romantic folk-noir. The tour-dates and video for ‘Letter From A Young Lover’ can be found below.
‘Letter From A Young Lover’ is ‘The Falling’s hauntingly-beautiful closing track. Soft, desolate piano and Dyer’s melancholy baritone guide the track above a cinematic backdrop of creaking strings and the ringing bells of Berlin’s St. Bartholomew Church. Dyer says of the track: “It’s rare I sit at a piano to write a song but this one came out in that way. Lyrically the idea is quite light, the idea of writing a letter to a young version of myself, naive and yet to understand or appreciate love. The music is the complete opposite, dark and dramatic. The clash of mood and context seems to make the song even more powerful.”
As ‘Letter From A Young Lover’ shows, ‘The Falling’ diverts from the band’s previous post-punk intensity and introduces a more cinematic musical landscape shaped by acoustic guitars, piano, accordion and a heavy presence of violin and string arrangements. Lyrically, Dyer says, “this album finds me at my most honest and autobiographical. I still shroud the reality of what I have written within something of a fictional setting but the honesty and the romance that shines throughout the record is more sincere than it has been in my previous work. The idea was to strip back the band to allow for lyrical breathing space.”
Header Photo: Joe Dilworth