Electric Youth - Innerworld

The resurrection of gleaming 80s synthpop has been the forte of Toronto couple Electric Youth. Named after the 1989 album from teen-pop singer Debbie Gibson, Electric Youth fully utilises the sound of a decade associated with drum machines and synthesisers. Finding themselves success with single ‘A Real Hero’ after its appearance in 2011 film Drive, the pair’s debut album emerges three years later, sounding as if it was created 30 years before.

Commencing with ‘Before Life’, a track brimming with eerie sounding synthesisers, the memories of synthpop pioneers such as New Order, Yazoo and Eurythmics are brought to mind. This theme maintains right through the whole of Innerworld, generating a 80s inspired dance-pop pleasure.

Whilst ‘A Real Hero’ itself is included itself upon the album, plenty of other tracks find themselves using factors that contributed towards its success. Songs such as ‘WeAreTheYouth’ and ‘Another Story’ incorporate the punchy arpeggiated bass synthesiser whilst the vocals across Innerworld makes use of the large amount of reverb shown first in ‘A Real Hero’.

Innerworld also demonstrates Electric Youth’s explorations into other sounds of the era. ‘Tomorrow’, with its Roland 808 style drumbeat and airy synthesisers, marks the group’s acknowledgements towards some of the most popular genres of the 1980s, such as hip-hop and house. In addition ‘If All She Has Is You’, with its slow power ballad features, could without doubt sit beside any heart-wrenching song of the period, representing when soulful vocals meets the cold sound of electronic instruments.

With their ventures into a significant decade for music, Electric Youth have removed and embraced the utmost musical elements of the time. Whilst at points the twosome has added their own modern accompaniments to the classic synthesiser noises, the soul of the era always remains. Whether the essentials of house or synthpop have been used, the 1980s always holds a foremost position in Electric Youth’s music, relaunching a previous sound to a brand new generation.

Aaron Jolliff


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