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Electric Youth Returns with the Gorgeous ‘Good Blood’

Electric Youth is back with a beautiful and enchanting new song called “Good Blood.” It’ll feature on the Nicolas Refn Winding-curated The Wicked Die Young, a compilation of cuts that inspired the director as he made last year’s designer horror film The Neon Demon.

“Good Blood” features some extraordinary synth textures, the likes of which we’ve come to expect from the duo of Austin Garrick and Bronwyn Griffin, whom Vehlinggo interviewed last year about Drive. Griffin’s enchanting vocals help carry the majestic piece into some kind of celestial place — the interplay between the synths and Griffin’s hushed vocals remind me of some of the ethereal compositions of Electric Youth friends Sally Shapiro.

Austin Garrick and Bronwyn Griffin of Electric Youth. Photo Credit: Chris Muir.
Austin Garrick and Bronwyn Griffin of Electric Youth. Photo Credit: Chris Muir.

I’m extremely biased about this song, because Electric Youth is among my favorite bands. But even so, I’ve listened to this song five times today and am struck by the beautiful complexity inherent in what is a rather minimalist synthpop track. This shouldn’t surprise me too much, though. Such an approach is what they’ve done best in their 10-year existence.

Wicked comes out on April 14 via Milan Records (vinyl/digital/etc). Pre-order it now. It also features a raw, bad-ass cut by Julian Winding, Refn’s nephew and a contributor to the Neon Demon soundtrack.

The Wicked Die Young Tracklist:

01. Electric Youth – “Good Blood”
02. Lynsey de Paul – “Won’t Somebody Dance With Me”
03. Suicide – “Cheree (1998 Remastered Version)”
04. 999 – “Homicide”
05. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers – “Pirate Love”
06. Dionne Warwick – “(Theme From) Valley of the Dolls”
07. Tommy Seebach – “Bubble Sex”
08. Amanda Lear – “Follow Me”
09. Giorgio Moroder – “Knights In White Satin”
10. Sparks – “The No. 1 Song In Heaven”
11. Cliff Martinez – “Becoming”
12. Pino Donaggio – “Dressed to Kill (Pulsion) (1980) – The Shower (Theme from Dressed to Kill)”
13. Claudio Gizzi – “End Of A Myth”
14. Julian Winding – “When You Want To Hurt Someone”

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