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Young Wonder Mourns a Cat with Bagpipes and Burning Arrows [video]

Posted on the 08 February 2013 by Thewildhoneypie @thewildhoneypie


Sometimes a band will attempt to blend diverse genres and the final product becomes confusing. It can turn into a jumbled mess of sounds that haven’t traditionally been paired together, and for a good reason. So, naturally, when I saw Young Wonder’s music being defined as Irish post dub pop, I was a little skeptical. But when I threw on the video for “To You,” the production won me over almost instantly. Chopped up bagpipe samples don’t appear too often, and especially in music you can get down to on a Friday night. Well done, Young Wonder.

Singer/lyricist Rachel Koeman had already been writing descriptive pieces for years before forming Young Wonder, but it wasn’t until she met producer Ian Ring in 2011 that these pieces transformed into music. The duo’s sound is comparable to Canadian band Purity Ring, with sliced vocals, prominent high hat, and a big beat. “To You” also has a bit of eastern rhythmic influence, adding extra texture to the song and creating a soundscape unlike anything I’ve heard recently.

Recently opening for The Wild Honey Pie favorites Alt-J, the band has been picking up a lot of momentum in recent weeks. With their next EP Show Your Teeth set for release this spring, 2013 will surely be a big year for the band. Check out the video for “To You” above — and witness what is easily the coolest cat funeral ever.

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