The Brazen Youth, an indie trio from Connecticut, embodies the true meaning of vulnerability when creating music for others to connect in their brand new third album, Eagle, Idaho, which tenderly focuses on “the early years of an adulthood stilted by the warped reality of the pandemic and collective loss.” This soft record is named after the small town where the band found out that member Charles Dahlke’s father had passed away while they were on the road. It emotionally grapples tough life topics, while still finding room for them to explore in sound and style.
Eagle, Idaho’s lead single that opens the album is a song called “Spirit Finds Yours” that sets the scene for the rest of the album by transporting you into its all-encompassing experience. We learn about someone who is returning to their hometown as the speaker hopes to reconnect. “Hometown” seems to be a recurring theme throughout the album; it is also the name of a song where the speaker tells us about their town and the dark memories that sit inside its walls.
“If These Wild Winds Are Yours (Feat. Alix Page)” focuses on miscommunication and conflict when deciding whether to move or stay. The two vocalists’ voices genuinely blend and add to the song’s meaning. Each track seamlessly transitions into one another. Songs like “So Afraid”, “Changing”, and “Open Outside” are transformative in perspective and make you reflect on your own changes in life. The band’s songs seem to mostly start out slower, then build in guitar and percussion toward the end, which makes the album feel cohesive and packed with emotion.
The song “c0w” tells about the daily life of someone who lives on a farm, almost as if we are inside their mind. This is one of the most experimental songs on the album, as it picks up with percussion and brass instruments that even accelerate into one big crash towards its end. “1TL2DU4 (Feat. girlpuppy)”, “Saving”, and “Linger There” give off an authentic acoustic feel, fitting for fall – they are slow, yet still powerful.
“I Love It All”, “Cloud Parade”, and “You Started Loving” demonstrate how the band’s songwriting can make something so simple sound so beautiful, adding to the heartbreak to experience when listening to this LP.
In support of Eagle, Idaho, The Brazen Youth is currently on tour with Flipturn with upcoming show dates in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and D.C. (at the Black Cat on Nov. 12!) before wrapping up at The Broadberry in Richmond, VA on Nov. 13. Find more information here – you definitely want to catch one of their shows that will be emotionally and musically fulfilling!
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Emma Page, a recent Journalism graduate of The George Washington University, possesses a passion for music journalism and storytelling in all its forms. Originally from Baltimore, MD, when she is not writing, she can be found at a local concert or making music of her own.
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