East India Youth: Total Strife Forever

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East India Youth: Total Strife Forever

If I’m completely honest with you, I don’t know too much about East India Youth, but after a few listens to his debut album Total Strife Forever that has just been released, when he hits the road to tour the album, I’ll definitely be looking to see if he is coming to Geelong. I don’t know whether the title is a reference or pun on the Foals record Total Life Forever, but it made me think how awesome that album is anyway. Opening with the ambient electro instrumental passage ‘Glitter Recession’, I am a little hesitant as to whether the live show will be as engaging as this record is, and wonder what tricks East India, aka Will Doyle, has up his sleeve.
The centrepiece to this record is the track ‘Heaven, How Long’ which combines the electro sounds with the songwriting that Will has been working on for the last few years of his life. It took three years for this album to come together and it is an impressive debut. Although it takes nearly eleven minutes in to hear a vocal track, it is worth the wait.
There are many moods and emotions created on this album, so if you’re looking for something a little ambitious and a cross musically between Bjork and Sufjan Stevens, this is your cup of tea.
Release: out now via Stolen Records
Written by Tex Miller