I am in church. I am furious. I am utterly lost. This is WU LYF.
WU LYF is a progressive band from Manchester, England who have struck a chord within the independent music world this year for creating a bold, overwhelmingly epic of an album, all while functioning under a devious veil constructed by themselves. They’ve refused to put themselves out there: concealing as much information about themselves and their artistic inhibitions as possible, testifying the post-modern generation of mass information and technology. WU LYF is a rare example where the artist’s context structures their own music.
Aside from their weighty anti-presence, the remarkable feat is their debut album Go Tell Fire to the Mountain.
This album is a vision; a dream. It’s a gathering of our youth, mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. Under the power of the music, they fall subject to their own internal fire and subliminally are being told to go tell it to their mountain; a symbol of the ultimate hurdle in our lives. WU LYF acts as a force that acts ubiquitously, collecting in all our generation’s spirit and raw anger and have brought it inside a church. The album itself was recorded in a church and uses an organ as a primary instrument, a tactic that gives their sound a grander and more powerful effect. Throughout the album, WU LYF keeps everything at a constant. The energy is rampant and very dignified, the guitars and drums provide a successful experiment sound that serves as product of their message’s own creativity and harshness.
What Go Tell Fire to the Mountain makes me think of is an expressionist preacher who is telling us to serve our fury to the world.
Go riot in the streets, start a revolution and face history dead in the eyes and become a part of it, this album says.
The most important song on the album, Dirt, is that message in explicit form. The album’s structure works as an almighty build-up of how we emote and then points us to the door outside and demands us to do something for ourselves on this song. Dirt is the soundtrack of our riots. Dirt is our generation’s response and reason for the physical and psychological chaos in London this year.
The source of all of this sonic power comes from the vocals, a seriously unusual and jagged voice filled with an insurmountable amount of anger and passion. It screeches and yells, grabbing our attention by the throat and delivers thoughts like medicine in an asylum. It’s certainly an acquired taste, one that has its potential for polarizing opinions, yet WU LYF’s purpose and message reveals itself with such articulation that it lacks any room for misinterpretation.
Go Tell Fire to the Mountain is an epic for our angry youth. It is a daring piece of music more adventurous than you’d think. Take part of the revolution. Listen to WU LYF.
This album was my dad.