24th January | O2 Academy

Formed and based in Scotland’s capital, Young Fathers have gained a reputation as the quintessential sound of Scotland. No more bagpipes or The Proclaimers; in their ghostly places lie haunting electronica and experimental earworms: the new music of the Highlands. It’s this prestige and place as propellers of the Scottish music scene which earned them a place on the Trainspotting sequel on special request from Oscar-nominated director, Danny Boyle.

Their other friends in high places include M.I.A. and Massive Attack, the latter of which Young Fathers have been drawn to in comparison. However, their sound (especially their first two albums) is so avant-garde, so distinct, could they really be comparable to any other group?

Their debut, Dead, propelled them into a certain level of fame (although they are still largely apart from the mainstream culture of the UK’s popular music scene) after they won the prestigious Mercury Prize in 2014. This was mainly because critics expected it to land in the lap of FKA Twigs and not be awarded to three relatively unknown lads from Scotland with a rather weird album.

Nonetheless, their new album, Cocoa Sugar is geared towards the melodic much more than anything they’ve previously produced (bar, perhaps, a couple of tracks on their earlier EPs). Their new songs are catchy, reverberating nicely but still maintaining the anarchic energy that won them fans after two albums; it’s just a lot less experimental as they start reaching into mainstream noise – their biggest experiment yet.

See the video for ‘Holy Ghost’ here: