Scottish group Young Fathers have shared new song ‘Geronimo’.
The band have deep hip-hop roots, but over time have evolved into a quite singular sound, blending club tropes with left-field ideas, while still remaining utterly direct and totally accessible. It’s a brew that has won no small degree of acclaim – they’ve won both the Mercury Prize and the SAY Award – but new material has been thin on the ground, of late.
Previous studio album ‘Cocoa Sugar’ came some four years ago, but there have been signs of late that Young Fathers are returning.
Breaking cover, the Edinburgh-formed, internationally based trio have shared powerful new song ‘Geronimo’. Online now, the soothing sonics ease you into a fresh era, a track flecked with subtleties – the distant piano, the brush strokes on the drums – and moments of jarring energy.
At times broad, spacious, and existing in a zero-gravity plan, ‘Geronimo’ can also switch it up. Young Fathers introduce the song with the following statement…
“A good time trying. That’s what Ma said, she was smiling, but it was meant as a warning. It’s a track about contrast, because life is contrast – pushing through, giving up, all at the same time. Wanting everything and then wanting nothing, then wanting everything again. It’s kind of reflective of where we are at the moment, trying to remember how to do this again.”
“Trying to make music and all of the other stuff that comes along with it. Trying to forget all the bad bits, just trying to get somewhere. And that’s where we are right now, trying to get somewhere.”
“It’s the tenderness in toil, we had expelled a bunch of stuff with a lot of drive and wilder energy beforehand but this one had focus. It widened the scope again for us personally, that’s where the real high comes from. We grew another arm. We surprised ourselves.”
“So coming back with a track called ‘Geronimo’ feels quite fitting. Just the three of us again, but still in a fucking basement.”
Check it out now.
Photo Credit: Jordan Hemmingway