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The “post punk autodidact” shares a DIY video for a track from his forthcoming album

Experimental folk rock musician Richard Youngs is about to add another cycle of chamber songs to his extensive catalogue. Youngs, who self-released his first album Advent in 1990, recorded the entirety of his latest LP Belief as a one man band in his hometown of Glasgow. Various percussion samples were collected from tape hiss, radio, air vents and other sounds, which laid the foundations for a more traditional approach to folk songwriting.

The first single from the album is “Nebulosity”, which Youngs says, “is about finding my way. Although the lyric declares “no time for faith”, it is a song of self belief. The video is a no budget DIY project made over a weekend with family and friends. Filmed on a phone, it was edited then processed before the footage was reshot.”

Belief is released by O Genesis on 3 March 2018. Richard Youngs was interviewed by David Keenan in The Wire issue 259. Subscribers can access the full cover feature via the online archive.