ALTHOUGH many critics label them an “alternative hip-hop” trio, Edinburgh’s Young Fathers have always at heart been a pop band.
Theirs, however, is a brooding and contorted take on the genre, with a tendency to mask significant hooks with unorthodox writing, confrontational politics and raw production qualities; hardly an approach geared towards storming the Top 40.
On their quick-fire second album, though, the trick once again works wonders, culminating in numbers like Shame and Rain Or Shine which have deep, unsettling depths in spite of their seemingly rudimentary exteriors.
It’s actually a better record than last year’s Mercury Prize-winning predecessor Dead, but if you want to catch them in full flow you’re best off attending their show at Riverside in Newcastle next month. They’re a sensational live act. 8/10. AW