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WhenYoung return with the announcement of their highly anticipated second album, Paragon Songs, set for release on April 7th 2023. Partnering the announcement of the album, the two-piece have also shared their latest single, ‘Unchained’, alongside a UK and Ireland tour in celebration of the record.

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.

Once known for infectious indie-pop, the duo return after evolving and developing a new, expansive sound. Starting in the pain of an old narrative, Paragon Songs then arcs into the possibility of change before resolving in intention. 

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.

To commemorate the release of the album, WhenYoung will embark on a tour across the UK and Ireland in April – tickets are available now. 

WhenYoung UK Tour Dates

  • 12th April 2023 – McChuills, Glasgow
  • 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
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Katie Macbeth

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Katie Macbeth is a freelance music journalist for Indie Is Not A Genre based out of Manchester, presenter of @drunktankthink, and post punk enthusiast.

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