The track’s emotional feel is enhanced by the new version’s bold, analog instrumentation
Gang of Youths have shared a stripped-back version of their recent single ‘The Angel of 8th Avenue’, performed live on wooden piano by frontman Dave L’Euppe.
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The track’s emotional feel is enhanced by the new version’s bold, analog instrumentation and raw production, with the sound of Lee’s creaking seat crackling and the click track bleeding from his headphones. Le’aupepe’s performance is loudly rousing, as well, straining his face as he shouts out the track’s refrain: “Oh, there’s heaven in you now.”
Watch Le’Upepe’s video for the performance of ‘The Angel of 8th Avenue’ directed by Emil Frederick. Down:
‘The Angel of 8th Avenue’ was released as a single back in June, landing as Gang of Youth’s first new material since the release of their second album, ‘Go Father in Lightness’, in 2017.
talking to Granthshala Upon the release of the track, Le’Uppe called ‘The Angel of 8th Avenue.’ It was “about falling in love and finding a place in a new city with that person”, noting that it is based on his own relationship, the band “wanted it to be a more broad spectrum of love and a relationship between the two major cities”. Feel like a big part in me and my wife’s life”.
“There is always going to be poetry with love in the big city,” L’Euppe continued, “and the metropolis is like a microcosm for a global human experience, wherever it may be.”
‘The Angel of 8th Avenue’ followed this in July with a surprise EP titled ‘Total Serene’, featuring new single ‘Unison’ and a catchy, slow-burning role on the 2002 elbow cut ‘Asleep in the Back’ Was. A film clip for ‘Unison’ was also shared in July.
Gang of Youths are currently working on their third studio album, which features a guest spot from Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo. In their most recent live shows in the UK – including an appearance at the All Points East festival earlier this month – the band is additionally performing two new tracks, ‘Brothers’ and ‘The Man Himself’.