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LISTEN: New Richard Youngs
Christian Eede , December 5th, 2017 14:59

Richard Youngs announces details of his first release on Tim Burgess' O Genesis Recordings

Tim Burgess' O Genesis Recordings label has confirmed details of a new album from Richard Youngs, marking his debut for the label. Above, you can listen to the lead track, 'Nebulosity'.

Entitled Belief, the album is Youngs' first release since his recent collaboration with the Turner nominated artist Luke Fowler, Franz Ferdinand's Paul Thomson and LEMUR's Michael Francis Duch as AMOR.

"'Nebulosity' is about finding my way. Although the lyric declares 'no time for faith', it is a song of self-belief," says Youngs of the album's lead track.

Youngs recorded the album in his hometown of Glasgow, opting to play all the instruments and work on it in his small one-room set up. Belief began with Youngs collecting his own percussion samples, such as handclaps, a battered old cymbal, an extractor fan vent, cassette hiss and more, then using the samples to programme beats, played back at randomly determined tempos in durations mapped to randomly chosen major label songs.

The original plan was to send Belief out to major and large independent labels and collect the rejection letters as an art project. But, as soon as the album had been mixed, Grumbling Fur's Daniel O’Sullivan played the songs to Tim Burgess and before the project could take off, Burgess signed the album to his label.

"Richard's album came to me via his friend Daniel O'Sullivan," says Burgess. "He gave me some of Richard's songs and they completely bowled me over. I immediately asked if O Genesis could release it and he put me in touch with Richard. Belief is sublime gnostic pop and is the soundtrack to why I wanted to be able to release albums on our label."

Youngs will play at London's Servant Jazz Quarters on December 18, alongside Daniel O'Sullivan and Alexander Tucker also performing live, and DJ sets by Tim Burgess and Nik Void. You can find more details here.

You can pre-order Belief here ahead of its March 2 release date.