Youngblood is a case study in the power of contrasts. The creative brainchild of Vancouver’s Alexis Young, the music of Youngblood is dreamy but insistent, a feather-soft pillow of lush sound sustained by propulsive electronic grooves. The siren-like voice at the centre of it all is fierce and sultry in equal measure—a bit Grace Jones, perhaps a trace of Nancy Sinatra, but always Youngblood.
Young has described her music as “what the ’60s thought the future would sound like”, and that’s as apt a description as any of songs that fuse timeless melodies with an aesthetic rooted firmly in the here and now. This is dream-pop to be sure, but a close listen reveals that Young is singing songs of obsession, self-destruction, and romantic catastrophe.
In support are local band Tenderfoot, taking influences from classic acts like The Band, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan and fusing them with the contemporary artists like Coldplay, John Mayer and Ryan Adams.
On stage, Tenderfoot are the real deal. The musicianship is world class, the chemistry infectious, and Vella’s voice remains original and centred.