The creative outlet of Vancouver’s Alexis Young, the music of Youngblood is dreamy but insistent, a feather-soft pillow of lush sound anchored by electronic grooves.
Young has described her music as “what the ’60s thought the future would sound like”, and that’s as apt a description as any of songs that fuse timeless melodies with an aesthetic rooted firmly in the here and now. Youngblood’s debut EP, Feel Alright, features five sweet pop confections with hearts of darkness. In concert, the material takes on a powerful new dynamic, and Youngblood becomes a killer five-piece band, with the fiery frontwoman a crackling live wire bewitching the audience. The siren-like voice at the centre of it all is fierce and sultry in equal measure—a bit Grace Jones, perhaps a trace of Nancy Sinatra, but always pure Youngblood.