Youth Pool
(Dive In)
2016
Turn this to 5.9 of 11
Genre:
Dream pop, New Wave
Sounds Like:
The Smiths, Cocteau Twins
Youth Pool hails from Kansas City, Missouri and have released their debut EP entitled Dive In. Youth Pool’s sound features a core dream-pop underpinning with splashes of shoegaze and classic new wave sound. The five tracks have a steady melancholy meandering and hazy feel as David Chavez’s vocals become more of a backdrop than featured front and center. We challenge you to understand what the fuck David is saying on this album. The production de-emphasizes the vocals so much it frankly gets lost as senseless dribble. It really weighs this one down as the incessant mumbling really wears on us.

Track Listing:
1. Tranquilizer
2. Ice Water
3. Reality Abuse
4. Dive In
5. I Will Watch You From The Sky

What is the top track we recommend downloading if you had a few bucks to spare?
We would suggest "I Will Watch You From The Sky". The closer breaks-up some of the monotony with percussion work that offers up some space and room to breathe. We appreciate the change of tempos on this one and the classic Cure-like feel. We also think we can make out a word that David Chavez blurts out... we think its “someone”.  

What other albums do we recommend if you enjoy Youth Pool?
We would suggest something a bit more coherent and crisp in Beach House’s great album entitled Bloom. Swirling dream pop at its finest!

How is the production value?
Below par in our opinion. We get the notion of wanting to minimize production for that classic feel, but this one is far to muddled.

What adult beverage to enjoy while listening to this album?
Cut through the haze with a Fog Cutter:
1 1/2 ounces white rum.
1/2 ounce gin.
1/2 ounce brandy.
2 ounces fresh orange juice.
1 ounce fresh lemon juice.
1/2 ounce orgeat (almond-flavored syrup)
1/2 ounce Amontillado sherry.

What are our final thoughts for Dive In?

While we appreciate the classic feel of Dive In we would love to see improved production and at least the attempt to make the lyrics somewhat coherent on their next release. Genre’s like death metal and hardcore punk thrive off vocal incoherence, but the dream pop world is better served with clarity. We found after three rotations our listening skills were numbed and annoyed by the garbled sound. - 8/25/2016

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