Le Guess Who?’s Who 2019: Richard Youngs

There’s less than a month to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.

Richard Youngs

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Performing Friday 8th November at Theater Kikker, curated by Jenny Hval

The wonderful and inimitable multi-instrumentalist and improviser Richard Youngs has stolen our hearts a while back. A restless and prolific sonic adventurer, his music catalogue boasts over a hundred solo and collaborative releases, from folk to drone and electronic and last year’s Belief was one of our 15 Album Picks of 2018. Youngs had already dazzled us with an unforgettable a cappella show at Le Guess Who? in 2017 and we are immensely excited to see what he has in store for us this time. Read on for a list of three acts he’s looking forward to.

 

Lasse Marhaug

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Performing Saturday 9th November at Stadsschouwburg, curated by Jenny Hval

“I’ve heard so many of his records over such a long period of time, but have never caught him performing live. I am really curious about what he will do.”

 

Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paradiso U.F.O.

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Performing Sauturday 9th November at De Nijverheid

“Makoto and I have been friends for a very long time. We have performed and recorded together, I have visited him in Japan. Acid Mothers are always a joyful experience.”

 

Earth

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Performing Thursday 9th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by The Bug

“I love their early stuff, and I have to be honest I haven’t heard where they have gone since then. I understand they are quite different and I am intrigued to hear what direction they’ve taken.”

 

Le Guess Who? will take place 7-10 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And take a look at other artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.

Eric Chenaux shares new track ‘3 Stars On Mountain of Doom’ for Richard Youngs

Photo: JB Deucher

Eric Chenaux and Richard Youngs have crossed paths many a time. And it’s no surprise that the latest marvellous track to emerge from Chenaux, ‘3 Stars On Mountain of Doom’, serves as a tribute to Youngs. Chenaux explains:

“‘3 Stars On Mountain of Doom’ was recorded for Richard Youngs’ 50th Birthday for a limited edition of 1 compilation CD entitled 50 Years Of Youngs, curated by Madeleine Hynes. This recording is a montage-set inspired by Richard’s 3 Stars CDR and his wonderful song ‘Mountain of Doom.'”

Take a listen now.

Mixtape #97

It may be hard to find a more prolific musical polymath than the wonderful and inimitable multi-instrumentalist and improviser Richard Youngs. A restless sonic adventurer and highly versatile musician, his extensive and influential body of work encompasses well over a hundred solo and collaborative releases, on labels big and small, including his own No Fans. We're ecstatic he found the time to put together this month's mixtape, which is a unique insight into his myriad influences, or in Youngs' own words "All over the shop".

  1. Cocteau Twins – Blind Dumb Deaf [4AD]
  2. Donald MacPherson – Lord Lovat’s Lament [Siubhal]
  3. Kazuki Tomokawa – Storms in the Dead of Night [20|20|20]
  4. Derek Bailey w/ DJ Ninj – N/JZ/BM (re-mix) [Avant]
  5. Rosalia – Si tu supieras companero [Universal]
  6. Sun Ra & His Arkestra – Disco 2100 [Strut / Art Yard]
  7. Religious Overdose – Control Addicts [Glass Records]
  8. Armin Mieth: VI – Raum 1 (extract) [Chocolate Monk]
  9. Franco Battiato – Aria di rivoluzione [Ricordi]
  10. Guillaume de Machaut – Ballade 33 Nes qu’on porroit (performed by Oxford Camerata) [Naxos]
  11. Van Der Graaf Generator – Refugees [Charisma / Probe]

Richard Youngs shares new track ‘Bewilderment’ off upcoming album

Richard Youngs live at Le Guess Who? 2017

Ahead of the imminent release of Belief, the new album from Richard Youngs, and after being enraptured by his first single ‘Nebulosity‘, he’s teasing the album again. The wonderful and inimitable multi-instrumentalist and improviser has shared ‘Bewilderment’, an utterly gorgeous and poignant new song. Take a listen below and grab Belief when it’s out on March 2nd via O Genesis Recordings.