I know this much about ‘Broken Minds’ by Northern Youth: it’s catchy, damn good and I like it a lot. I like its slow build (and steady introduction of elements) before bursting wide open about halfway through. I like that it uses handclaps, ‘oooh’s,’ ‘ohhhh’s,’ and ‘ahhhs’ to keep the song from feeling heavy despite lyrics that are full of self-doubt, regret and sadness. But most of all I like that it does all this without feeling labored or forced. ‘Broken Minds’ is just a really well-executed, beautifully troubled anthem.
Northern Youth are currently putting the finishing touches on their debut album Home, which is due out May 29th, and you can download ‘Broken Minds’ below to keep you company until the album comes out. Enjoy.
mp3: Broken Minds