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  • David Bentley

Yung – Such a Man (single from forthcoming album)

We haven’t had many artists or bands from Aarhus in Denmark recently and then in the space of a couple of days there are two of them.

Danish indie-rock four-piece Yung have released a new single, 'Such a Man', the second track taken from nine on their second album ‘Ongoing Dispute’, due for release on 22nd January 2021 via PNKSLM Recordings. It comes five years after their debut ‘A Youthful Dream’.

Having been out of it for five years after ‘A Youthful Dream’ didn’t give then something they were quite proud of and they lost money touring it, it seems they are speedwriters, putting this song together in an hour and they describe it as “a song writing-potluck of sorts, largely orchestrated by Frederik” (Nybo Veile, the drummer) while front man Mikkel Holm Silkjær “frantically worked out the lyrics”.

It appears a recent personal experience had sparked a train of reflection on manhood, and the experience referred to in the lyrics helped him to “realise a pattern in coping with loss and pain in the archetypical man.”

They say they have had to adapt since that first album and learn how to accommodate their diverse musical preferences which range from eighties pop to krautrock and metal, the four band members rarely agreeing on anything, apart from finding inspiration in the work of Killing Joke.

Well Killing Joke are of the 1980s, and there is much of that decade in this song, not in the sense of any particular band but rather a melange of those that were at the heavy rock end of the spectrum and it is apparent through the guitar riffs, the bass and an interesting beat, in which a cymbal is hit when you least expect it.

This is one of those songs where it helps to have access to the lyrics. Sometimes they are submerged by what is an unrelenting and brutal musical momentum. I’d like to know what the ‘self-inflicted wounds’ are all about (a cry for help?) to set into context lines like “he brings to mind the Second Amendment” (there won’t be one soon), and why “no other doors in the city are locked”.

A very interesting song which asks more questions than it provides answers.

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