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YOUNG ELK – ‘CHEAP BEER’

"The song opens with slow piano but soon develops into a half-paced indie rock number, Rudick’s distinctive vocals conveying his unique blend of sincerity and cynicism. As such, ‘Cheap Beer’ is bathed in a kind of resigned sadness, born of a long-held struggle between understanding the world as tragic and trying to find beauty or at least empathy within its futile grind."

 

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Premiere: Young Elk’s “Cheap Beer” is the Perfect Compliment to Rainy Pacific Northwest Winters

“Cheap Beer” is the kind of anthem that many area denizens will surely relate to, as front man Ezekiel Rudick contemplates the season’s setbacks with tallboy in hand. His vocals, too, are more than convincing; with a trademark breathy speak-sing punctuating the chorus, it’s easy to imagine the band draped in the red house lights of a disorienting Twin Peaks-styled venue while the protagonist stares contemplatively into a trusty cocktail. Unsurprisingly, the remaining band’s tasteful accompaniment zeroes in on this mood with veteran precision."

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Young Elk “Murderer”

"Straying (not too far) away from their late 90’s emo-folk aesthetic Young Elk brings us their interpretation of Low’s “Murderer” this softly sinister track oozes unease and menace."

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YOUNG ELK: CHEAP BEER

Carrying their shoegaze, slowcore and Americana influences with competence, on their latest outing the quartet sound as effective on their original as they do on their well-chosen cover. The heaviness of the strong emotions the band conveys on both tracks can be massive even for those accustomed to the melancholy which usually comes with such an amalgamation of characterful styles, still, it is well strung together, firmly delivered and an all-around compelling listening experience.

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Young Elk “Paper Cuts”

"Borrowing heavily from the Slo-core scene of the late 90’s, the steady chug of this thickly produced track is both endearing and memorable."

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Young Elk – “The Dark Side of the Holy Ghost”

This is a consuming effort that wears its emotion evidently, yet without coming across as saccharine or overly pleading. It’s a very well-written track from this Portland, OR-based quartet that will have me tuned in to their future releases.

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YOUNG ELK UNVEIL NEW ALBUM, THE DARK SIDE OF THE HOLY GHOST

"The title track is a perfect example of the sort of vibes you can expect. Imagine taking the slow-burn bitterness of Bazan, adding the sinister undercurrent of Water Liars and sprinkling an almost Berningerian knack for imagery both mundane and melodramatic, and you’ll be getting somewhere close to how it plays."

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