Comprised of material from 2013's self-titled LP, plus the recent EP and 7” singles this is the perfect introduction to the band if you haven't had the pleasure already. Comprised of the duo of Carry On’s Ryan George and Sara Taylor, Youth Code resuscitate the classic Wax Trax! ebm meets industrial sound and repackages it for the second decade of the 21st century. There are nods to genre giants such as Nitzer Ebb, Front 242, Ministry and Front Line Assembly, and it works really, really well.
Balancing the gritty and often noisy frame work with steady dance beats and some subtle but effective melodies, 'An Overture' is sure to bring a retro flavour back to modern dance floors with tracks such as 'Consuming Guilt', 'For I Am Cursed', 'First & Last', 'Carried Mask', 'No Animal Escapes', 'Sick Skinned' and 'Tiger's Remorse'. While songs such as 'A Litany (A Place To Stand)' and 'Rest In Piss' add a great experimental edge that break up the track listing nicely and add a deeper and more sinister edge to the album.
At sixteen songs in length you may be forgiven for thinking that things start to get stale after a while, but they don't. There is a nice variety to the songs that, although working from a common stylistic blueprint, shows the band can and will push their sound in every direction they can.
In terms of production the album is mastered and mixed nicely to create continuity between the releases, but due to this being a compilation there are the odd differences in production styles. But this isn't a major thing as what you are getting here is some serious bang for your buck at the end of the day.
'An Overture' is a great starting point for anyone who is yet to encounter the band. The old school sounds will definitely appeal to long-term fans of the genre, while the energy and rawness of the songs will grab younger listeners with ease. This is a project that is already creating a buzz around the world, and this 'An Overture' it is easy to understand why. The future looks bright for Youth Code.