Josh Arnoudse and Raky Sastri have been making art together in one form or another for a decade and a half, which is a bit of feat for any working duo. It takes a certain type of defiant spirit to keep striving for that long, which is one reason their latest project, the sophomore album from their band You Won’t, has been dubbed Revolutionaries.
Due out April 29th via Extraneous Music/Meddling Kids, the follow-up to 2012’s Skeptic Goodbye came together slowly. It was self-produced over the last two and a half years, but revolutions rarely happen over night. While all that time between releases may have given way to its share of doubts, it also allowed the pair to persevere and emboldened them to take their folk pop sound in excitingly expansive directions.
Take lead single “Ya Ya Ya”. Arnoudse chews down on a crunchier guitar than he ever did on Skeptic Goodbye. His lyrics, though, remain as redolent and sweet: “You say your brain is like a lost land mine/ One false move and you could send the children flying/ Well, I can’t think of any reason why/ I couldn’t add a little dancing to your dying.” Sastri, meanwhile, continues to be a multi-instrumentalist folk wonder, plucking out a romantic bass line while banging and shaking all sorts of jingling, shimmering percussion instruments; it’s hard not to picture him decked out like a one-man band. (Elsewhere on the album, he’ll play singing saw and electronic bagpipes.) It all leads to a chorus that takes the soft allure of their previous LP and ups the volume to 11.
Take a listen via the silly, charming video, in which Arnoudse dresses like Mozart in a tutu and Sastri is a blue-toned Santa, below.
You Won’t will support Revolutionaries with a North American tour this spring.
Revolutionaries Album Artwork:
01. Untitled 2
02. Friends in Exile
03. No Divide
04. Ya Ya Ya
05. The Fuzz
07. Jesus Sings
08. Untitled 1
11. Little Lion
13. Untitled 3
14. Can’t Go Wrong
You Won’t 2016 Tour Dates:
04/29 – Portland, ME @ One Longfellow Square
04/30 – Portsmouth, NH @ Birdseye Lounge
05/03 – Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
05/04 – New Haven, CT @ BAR
05/06 – Boston, MA @ Sinclair
05/07 – New York, NY @ Berlin
05/08 – Northampton, MA @ Parlour Room
05/10 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake
05/12 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
05/13 – Madison, WI @ Frequency
05/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
05/16 – Bloomington, IN @ Bishop
05/17 – Nashville, TN @ Hi Watt
05/18 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
05/20 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle Back
05/21 – Washington, DC @ DC9
05/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot and Saddle