With just over a month to go until the release of their highly anticipated second album, Paragon Songs, set for release on April 7th 2023, WhenYoung have just shared another taster of what is to come from it, arriving in the shape of the electro-pop number, Rubik’s Cube.
Speaking of the track, the duo’s Aoife Power states:
Ruminating is similar to the mechanics of a Rubik’s cube in the sense that the mind can brood over one problem until it’s solved but there always seems to be another unsolved part on the other side, waiting. We composed this song by treating each section as a different side of the cube and each instrument as a square within that side, eventually coming to a resolution at the end. A bed of piano, synth and kick are carried along by interspersed guitar parts and soaring pop melodies.
WhenYoung’s second album, Paragon Songs, is a journey that sees the duo explore the dark depths of self-criticism, before rising into an ambition for change and a desire to welcome healing and love.
Speaking on the album, Aoife goes on to state:
Every step is a new time in your existence and noting it down marks it, celebrates it, and reveals you to yourself. These lyrics represent who I am right now or who I’ve been the past year or two. My intention is to like myself and be kinder to myself. And so I can only present myself in the state that I am currently in which is healing not healed.
April sees WhenYoung embark on a UK and Ireland tour, with tickets available now. The duo have also announced an album release show at Ramsgate Music Hall on April 7th.
WhenYoung UK Tour Dates
- 7th April 2023 – Ramsgate Music Hall, Kent (Album Release Show)
- 12th April 2023 – McChuills, Glasgow Low tickets
- 14th April 2023 – YES (Pink Room), Manchester
- 15th April 2023 – The Bodega, Nottingham
- 17th April 2023 – The Louisiana, Bristol
- 18th April 2023 – Omeara, London
- 20th April 2023 – Dolan’s, Limerick
- 21st April 2023 – Connolly’s Of Leap. Cork
- 22nd April 2023 – Roisin Dubh, Galway
- 23rd April 2023 – Whelan’s, Dublin
- 25th April 2023 – Spirit Store Dundalk, Louth
The new track follows on from previous single Unchained. Made up of affirming, often liberating and soaring vocal melodies which partner wonderfully with a saturated drum beat, Unchained is bought to life by its explosive chorus, which places itself in a league of its own when compared to previous singles.
Of the track, vocalist Aoife Power states:
Unchained was written about a time when I was being made to feel like I was not enough as I am. I felt cramped, stunted and in turn obsessed with my weaknesses. Leaving this situation allowed me to regain my self-esteem and release the defensive layer I had used for protection.