Long White CloudGrapefruit
Grapefruit is a subscription-based record club now in its third year, founded by musician Simon Joyner and Ba Da Bing Records head Ben Goldberg to release exclusive, limited-edition, vinyl-only albums as part of an annual series, sharing identical cover art but in different colors. Subscribers receive an LP every three months, by artists that are of some renown, or are just getting started. The only connection between each group is that Joyner and Goldberg are both fans. Only 300 copies of each release are pressed—and for a limited time, these LPs are now available outside a direct subscription in extremely low quantities.
Every new album by Richard Youngs may as well be the first one hears, as there is no promise that it will sound anything whatsoever like his previous recordings. He shifts effortlessly from emotionally compelling to repetitively transfixing to sonically aggressive compositions. Recorded following a trip to New Zealand, Long White Cloud is, in Youngs’ own words, “a meditation on native birdsong, Maori place names, the Pacific Ocean, satellite navigation and clutch failure in Wanaka.”