There are many reasons to play Your Youth's "Brain Swimming" on repeat, but our favorite is because it's the most unexpected love song. Like, ever.
Beneath the layers of craggy vocals and angst-y guitar assaults lies a little bit of sweetness. "It's our version of a love song," explains singer/guitarist AJ Wolosenko--which means lines like, "Feeling happy / So I can barely breath."
Clearly bubblegum pop, it's not; the Brooklyn band, who just released their EP Battery (on Old Flame Records)
, make some of the best nod-to-the-'90s tunes we've heard in a while. Part of what makes it work is it's just off-kilter enough--which is intentional. "It's a little bit 'on its ear,'" says Wolosenko, adding, "Like, it takes place in a strange pop universe. It's loud. It's all about the guitars. The lyrics are filling space. It's a weird mix of angry and happy--showing its teeth a little, but everyone maybe thinks it's smiling."
Give it a listen and see for yourself--we've got the exclusive premiere. Just be sure to be in the right mindset, which--as Wolosenko puts it--is in the midst of "an out-of-body experience. In slow motion. A little good; a little eerie."
REBECCA WILLA DAVIS
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