Mads and Esben are back with a somewhat rock’ish album that will make your feet move.
Reptile Youth are back with their follow up for self-titled debut ‘Reptile Youth’ from 2012. This time with the more artistic name ‘On Rivers That Run For A Sea That Is Gone’ the band has turned down the electronic and replaced it with a more psychedelic shoegaze sound and harder drumbeats. An overall sound that allows you to move your feet!
At the first glance at the two first tracks ‘Above’ and ‘Colours’ it seems like nothing has changed. These two songs sound a lot like the songs from their debut, and that is in fact the only criticism I’ve got for this entire album, because they’re the only two tracks that does that. That said, the debut album was still a great one, but we love artistic development at the Sound of Aarhus office.
Reptile Youth seems to be experimenting even more with their already progressive sound compared with their debut, and that is quite impressing. Third track, the title track ‘Rivers That Run For A Sea That Is Gone’ has a twisting noisy guitar riff and a hard drumbeat, and for the first time on the album you can really hear the change in Reptile Youth’s sound. They have become more melancholic and darker, but still you can dance along with the sort of Stone Roses drumbeat they’ve used.
The first single ‘JJ’, and the song ‘Where You End I Begin’ (For sure the two greatest tracks on the album, in my opinion) are also perfect examples of a more melancholic and noisy, and interesting direction for Reptile Youth. A band that really age gracefully and just keeps getting better.
The album peaks with the albums last tune ‘Diseased By Desire’ which includes a big noisy, psychedelic, dramatic jam. A really great ending for a really great album!
At the end of the day ‘Rivers That Run For A Sea That Is Gone’ proves the fact that Reptile Youth is here to stay. They challenge their own sound in an interesting way, a very difficult way for a band that had such a various sound on their 2012 debut. For now, I am just excited to follow them on their post-album journey and can’t wait to hear what they are up for on their next album!
This is top notch!