Conner Youngblood - ‘The Warpath’
Summer’s over. I’ll deal with that. Today’s borderline hurricane was a nice big dick-slap across the face from old Weather, that tricksy bastard, for getting overexcited about “indian summer.” Fine. I surrender. But not without my pride. FOR EXAMPLE -
there are positive thumbs up to be said for the onslaught of Autumn. Big jumpers, christmas jumpers, mulled wine, mulled cider, red wine, red trees. Then there’s:
Rosy cheeks: makes young men look like eunuchs and old men look like perverts. Amusing either way
Christmas and/or winter-themed hits: chronicling the absolute euphoria-inducing, hug-a-stranger Best, and absolute eye-grating shit-your-pants Worst, moments in pop history
Men’s footwear. Sayonarra man sandals, flip-flops, and sockless trainers. Thank the fucking lord.
The gym. Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
And most importantly cloud-soaked rain-splattered days makes it all the more worthwhile to sit in bed and listen to rad tracks like this one from the elusive Conner Youngblood, one of the better Conners to sidle into the music arena this year. At the start it’s as if Simon & Garfunkel's 'El Condor Pasa' and the Gustavo Santaolalla's Babel theme are setting off in the quiet aftermath of a Mayan apocalypse to set the world to right, hand in hand through the dying sunlit desert straits. The military drum-beat gives it this slow-marching seductive purpose, and Conner’s soft layered vocals against the recurring bass-line is like a whispered conversation between dark alleys and damp sheets. It’s Bon Iver on viagra, meets Blood Orange meets Jamie Woon.
He’s been around and about for a few years, releasing a track here and a track there, but it wasn’t till this year’s SXSW that he really drummed up a storm. Plus to top it all off he’s a clever sod, currently imbibing knowledge by the gallon at Yale. And he’s only 21. AND he’s responsible for a friggin A-Rad Blackbird Blackbird x Lil Wayne x Modest Mouse mix. What an underachiever.
The track’s already out, and in fact you can download this, as well as other hefty chunks of his repertoire, for free from his Soundcloud. Don’t say we don’t spoil you
Listen to more Conner Youngblood here
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