It’s been more than two years since psych-folk bandÂ Young Hunting unveiled their velvet atmospherics, and after a long tour schedule and studio time, their debut full-length “Hazel” is en route June 4 via Gold Robot. There’s melancholic beauty in early tracks “Rust” and “Into Your Mind,” as well as lighter ballads such as “Sweet Bird” and “Maze.” However, Young Hunting’s meticulous fusion of Laurel Canyon swing, sunset-tinged dream-pop and dark reverb is most impressive in their new song “Baby’s First Steps.” Hari Rex and Ilya Mxx’s harmonies are ominous as much as they are soothing, while Mike Senzaki’s percussion flirts with Patrick Taylor’s bass lines. “Hazel” still maintains the “folk-gazing” sound that initially piqued our interest, but the psychedelic molasses they’ve poured into this record makes one delightfully woozy and aroused, especially when Tim Phillips sprinkles in a keyboard or trumpet riff.
||| Download: “Baby’s First Steps”
||| Watch: Check out their video for “Sweet Bird” below.
||| Live: Young Hunting plays May 7 at the Satellite with yOya and Ash Reiter.