"It makes a dazzling whole. There's human sincerity in their wistful but major-key elation and heartache in its yearning; a brilliant return from a gold-standard band in UK music.” - Loud & Quiet (9/10)
“A bold, bruising return” - Clash
“Extraordinary.” - Rolling Stone UK (4/5)
Young Fathers - Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole and G. Hastings - have released their long-awaited new album "Heavy Heavy" - the group’s fourth album and their first since 2018’s album "Cocoa Sugar". The 10-track project signals a renewed back-to-basics approach, just the three of them in their basement studio, some equipment and microphones: everything always plugged in, everything always in reach.
Serving as the opener of the album, recently shared single ‘Rice’ immaculately sets the tone for the vast range of styles, genres and influences the trio manage to cram into the 10 tracks of the record. Elsewhere on "Heavy Heavy" we hear kinetic rhythms, controlled chaos and unbridled soul on singles ‘Geronimo’, ‘Tell Somebody’ and ‘I Saw’ all of which demonstrate how Young Fathers so skillfully side-step any kind of musical boundary.
Speaking about the title, the band write that "Heavy Heavy" could be a mood, or it could describe the smoothed granite of bass that supports the sound… or it could be a nod to the natural progression of boys to grown men and the inevitable toll of living, a joyous burden, relationships, family, the natural momentum of a group that has been around long enough to witness massive changes. “You let the demons out and deal with it,” reckons Kayus of the album. “Make sense of it after.”
Download and Stream here 1. 'Rice' 2. 'I Saw' 3. 'Drum' 4. 'Tell Somebody' 5. 'Geronimo' 6. 'Shoot Me Down' 7. 'Ululation' 8. 'Sink Or Swim' 9. 'Holy Moly' 10. 'Be Your Lady'