Wreck and Reference, No Youth

This album just turned what was turning out to be a shitty day into a rather good one. We were fortunate enough to write about California's Wreck and Reference last year. Three times, in fact - once each for the cassette, CD, and LP releases of their debut EP, Black Cassette. That album is most often referred to as electronic doom. Fair enough.

But now that I hear this new digital only (for the time being) album No Youth (or Youth, as on the cover), I'm just dumbfounded as to what kind of genre to attribute it to. Because it honestly sounds like they tried to incorporate a bit of everything into this, and the end result turned out to be something none of us have heard before. I've certainly never heard anything like this before, and I've got to say, it sounds absolutely amazing. The only appropriate adjective that comes to mind is visionary. I don't like to throw that word around a whole lot, but this is definitely one case in which I have no problems using it. It's got the thunderous heaviness of doom, the unmitigated irreverent passion of black metal, the drama of post-punk, with ambient textures and bursts of noise all over the place... there is just no way to categorize this. Wreck and Reference have simply gone out on their own, forsaking all allegiances to genre to produce a brilliant album that's as interesting, well-written and thoughtful as it is captivating and mesmerizing.

Since I started playing this, I just haven't wanted to turn it off. Play it once, and I have the feeling you'll end up playing it again and again as well.

I don't know what plans there are for a future physical release of this, and right now it exists only as a name-your-price download from the Wreck and Reference Bandcamp page. In all seriousness, it would be an absolute crime to not see this released in a physical format - preferably vinyl, of course, but when we beg can we really choose? I honestly can't see why any good underground label would not want to put this out in one format or another.

Enjoy this. Enjoy it a lot.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

this one is kinda meh, while i loved the first one