Yung have announced their new album Ongoing Dispute, will drop on on January 22, via PNKSLM Recordings. Ahead of the release, the Danish band They also shared a visual for opening single ‘Above Water’. Arriving 5 years after their acclaimed debut A Youthful Dream, and following on from last September’s teasing 7″ single ‘Progress’, Ongoing Dispute delivers a compelling argument for the importance of taking your time.
As the hectic touring schedule A Youthful Dream propelled them into drew to a close, Yung immediately returned to the studio and began a process of reassessing themselves and the band as a whole. The result is a long-brewed album steeped in honesty and tension that sees the band take a sonic leap forward, further perfecting their infectious, fizzing indie-rock melodies.
Yung on Ongoing Dispute:
“For a long time we referred to this song as ‘The Yo La Tengo Song’. Finishing Above Water helped spark a curiosity towards a less obvious approach to songwriting. Originally, the song had a different ending but our friend and producer Neil R. Young swept in with a slick outro, which concluded the song in a big way. Lyrically, the song is an ode to individuals taking a stand against injustice and structures in society which oppose equality. These people often become the voice and the talisman of movements and generations, something that might come at a personal cost, but nonetheless something that makes way for dialog, discussions and hopefully positive change.”
2. Lust and Learning
5. Above Water
6. Such a Man
7. Hose it Off
9. Friends On Ice
Recorded over two sessions at Dreamland Studio and the tiny, now-defunct Studio One (so-called, Silkjær jokes, because you can only fit one person in at a time) and produced by the band’s regular sound tech Neil Robert Young, Ongoing Dispute is an ode to perseverance, collaboration and triumph over adversity. It represents the dawning of a new era for the band, the one that A Youthful Dream should have, and the title, says Guldborg Tarp, perfectly encapsulates the dynamic that has driven Yung forwards, out from under that black cloud. “Ultimately, that’s what the writing of this record was – an ongoing dispute. We come in to write and we’re referencing completely different bands, but every time we wrap up a song, we’re excited about it. It reflects the lyrical side of the record, too; it’s like the last few years of coping with the world have been an ongoing dispute for us!”
Pre-order Ongoing Dispute here