Richard Youngs (b. 1966, Cambridge, England) is a musician based in Glasgow, Scotland. In a career spanning more than 35 years, his prolific output defies the existence of any discography. His work is an ongoing experiment in sound and song form, straddling the traditional and avant-garde, encompassing every genre and no genre.
Summer 2022, we are moving home, and for the first time in my adult life I have a dedicated music room. ‘Automatic North’ is the sound of me in this room playing what came first out of the packing boxes: an analogue synth, a drum machine, a snare and a shaker. All digitally edited, since as well as playing instruments, I find that fun and exciting too.
I don’t do background music. When I listen, I listen. Nothing is casual about sound. Even music I don’t particularly like gets my attention. So, in some way, all listening is deep. As for extended listening, growing up – pre-internet – when often the only way to hear a piece of music was to buy the record, one thing I looked at on a sleeve were the track durations. Long tracks intrigued me. Side long tracks were the ideal. So, while my attitude was more punk than prog, the soundtrack of my teenage years was more prog than punk. I’ve since come to like everything and nothing, yet I continue to be drawn to long track durations. Stretching out still strikes me as something to aspire to.
Made Summer, 2022.
Richard Youngs: analogue synth, digital editing, drum machine, hand percussion and snare drum.
supported by 60 fans who also own “Automatic North”
This has become one of the most important albums of my life. It’s essence is indescribable. Every sound from the start of the record through the end is placed delicately and with care. The album cover is by Julie Mehretu. It’s absolutely an incredible release for which I shall be eternally grateful. Aniket