East India Youth deliver winning new album in ‘Total Strife Forever’

William Doyle performs as East India Youth‘Total Strife Forever’
East India Youth (Stolen/PIAS America)
3 stars out of 5

With a nod to Krautrock, Berlin-era David Bowie, ambient and electro-pop, William Doyle — better known in music circles as East India Youth — earned praise for last year’s “Hostel” EP. Doyle makes an impressive (if ultimately overstuffed) full-length debut with “Total Strife Forever,” a good record that might have been great had the 51-minute running time been reduced by about a third.

East India Youth CDPatient listeners who sift through the extraneous material (“Glitter Recession,” “Hinterland,” “Midnight Koto”) can find some tasty morsels in “Dripping Down,” “Heaven, How Long,” “Looking for Someone” and “Song for a Granular Piano.” With a little more restraint (and/or self editing) East India Youth could be on the verge of something special.” (Jeffrey Sisk)

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s