My initial thoughts after running through the entirety of Young Fathers’ Cocoa Sugar, was how long have they been around and where the f*ck have I been? If I may borrow some British lingo(?), they’re bloody brilliant. Like a lot of today’s music, trying to put a label on or even describe their overall sound is damn near impossible. It’s a little bit of pop, a little bit of punk, a little bit of electronic, a little bit of hip-hop, and a whole lot of countless other influences. It all sounds highly experimental, and a bit chaotic, but never so much that they lose their cool. Even when a soft ballad like “Lord” breaks down into heavy vibrating synths, it feels appropriate and almost otherworldly. There is a loose narrative to the proceedings and they make vague allusions to social issues but they leave it hazy at best instead relying on the emotion of the song to carry their message forward. It’s at time anxious, at times full of rage, and at times full of wonder – but it all feels organic. Young Fathers have crafted something special here and I’ve found it difficult to pull myself away. This one is a must experience.
“I wanna be king until I am
A man is just a man, I understand
Has everything gone to plan?
Don’t say it out loud, just let me dance”
Have you heard Cocoa Sugar? What’d you think about it? What’d you think of their crazy amalgamation of sounds? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions to the album.
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