Younghusband

Premiere: Younghusband Share New Song “Modern Lie”

May 14, 2019

British trio Younghusband are releasing a new album, Swimmers, on June 7 via Opposite Number. Previously they shared its first single and opening track, "Translation," which was one of our Songs of the Week. Now we are pleased to premiere the album's second single, "Modern Lie." It may be a jaunty indie pop song but, as its title suggests, it's about confronting the truth about yourself. It's also a song so nice they recorded it twice. Listen to "Modern Lie" below.

Frontman and songwriter Euan Hinshelwood had this to say about the song: "It's about giving into fallacies, internal and external, without too much resistance. Believing things about yourself and others that just aren't true, like you no longer know where the start or end point of anything is. And then realizing you probably shouldn't take things so seriously all the time, and just be a bit lighter of thought."  

Of recording the song, Hinshelwood says: "We recorded this song twice, at the very beginning of the album session and the very end. So it's the first and last song we recorded for the album. Two very different versions. Which kind of works with the subject matter."

Swimmers is the band's third album, the follow-up to 2015's Dissolver. Hinshelwood set up a studio in a barn in Greenwich, England, which is where Swimmers was recorded.

In a previous press release Hinshelwood had this to say about recording the album: "I didn't play the songs to the guys before. For the majority of the record the band had only heard the songs on the day of recording them. We then went over the top of those bare bones but at the core of it I wanted to get something loose and gritty."

Hinshelwood also had this to say about Swimmers: "There were so many things we liked and disliked about our first two records. We thought we'd try and find a middle ground. I wanted to bring us back to that place between the first and second record but with more confidence in songwriting. Maybe being a bit more extreme - a bit more emotional extremity and openness." 

Read our 2013 interview with Younghusband, as well as our 2015 interview with them.

Younghusband UK Tour Dates:

Friday 14th June - Rough Trade East, London
Saturday 15th June - Soup Kitchen, Manchester

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