Video of the Moment #1619: The Young Folk

By on Thursday, 4th September 2014 at 6:00 pm

Header photo by Kathrin Baumbach

In anxious anticipation of their upcoming album release, Irish five-piece band The Young Folk have just published the video for their latest single, the quaintly beautiful ‘Way Down South’. Filmed in Sweden, the video’s picturesque scenery visually realizes the song’s contemplative mood with a simple rustic splendor that is at once intimate and somehow detached, perfectly highlighting the heartbreaking uncertainty in the lyrics.

This radio edit of ‘Way Down South’ differs quite significantly from the album version that will appear on ‘The Little Battle’, which is due out next Monday, the 8th of September, via ARC Music/Pixie Pace Records. (You can read my prematurely excited review of the album, which was originally slated for release in May, right here.) Where the full version of the song featured a graceful string arrangement behind the reserved elegance of the vocal melody, the new version takes a slightly more relaxed tempo, using a rougher vocal take to emphasise its charming folk quality. This version also substitutes lush brass instrumentation for the soaring string arrangement of the original recording, which is lighter and cleaner but also emotionally more distant than this adaptation.

The new arrangement of ‘Way Down South’ reflects a change in The Young Folk’s lineup, specifically the addition of Alex Borwick on brass, but it also displays the band’s versatility and dedication to their authentic folk sound. This new recording may not be as technically precise as the album version, but it captures the candid sincerity of the band’s live sound, which I fell in love with earlier this year at SXSW 2014. (We featured the album version of ‘Way Down South’ track in our SXSW 2014 preview of bands from Ireland and Northern Ireland.)

The Young Folk will play an extensive tour of Ireland in the coming weeks and are scheduled to appear at the Whiskey Sessions in Manchester on the 22nd of November. A full listing of live dates can be found on the band’s Facebook page.


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