EP Review: Lost//Youth – Chasing Shadows

Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Lost//Youth are a four-piece alternative rock band. Having only formed last year, they’re a very new prospect, but with their debut EP Chasing Shadows now out, it seemed a good time to get to know them a little better. Here’s my track by track review.

By Graeme Smith

Feature Photo by Tyga Wells

Chasing Shadows is a collection about patterns in life and love that lead to darkness. It starts with the suitably moody Too Late. With a swaggering electric guitar riff and a rolling rhythm section, the track is topped off by melancholic and haunting vocals. There are undercurrents of ’80s Goth and ’90s rock but neither fit Lost//Youth’s sound perfectly. They are bringing their own sound to the genres.

Track two Burn Every Bridge is a track that lulls you into a false sense of security with its sparse, Western opening before becoming incendiary with its poison-pen lyrics. Telling the biography of a character with a toxic personality, she comes to life by the time you reach the first chorus. All the while, a waltzing rhythm acts as a balm.

It’s followed by Sinner, a calming, acoustic number that brings a different element to the Lost//Youth sound. The vocals take centre-stage, delicate, vulnerable and utterly compelling. As the track progresses, the emotion ramps up to a chorus that will break your heart.

The EP is brought to a close by Last Time. It returns to the big rock sound of Too Late, with a hooky, looping guitar riff and the gentle indie pop sensibilities. The vocals are the stand out once again, conveying the authentic emotion of someone who is sick of having their heart broken.

Chasing Shadows is a wonderful introduction to a band that are bringing something new to rock while getting the fundamentals right. It’s amazing to consider they have only been recording together for less than a year. I get the feeling there’s a lot more to come from Lost//Youth.

You can check out Chasing Shadows below.