Odd, unconventional,uneasy and jarring. The first things that came to my mind when 20 Years Tall started up; it’s not a record that people are going to call into Radio 1 and request. Their loss then is our gain. It fits all of those adjectives, but there’s something about it that I get. It’s almost as though this, the first track of Sego’s debut EP Wicket Youth, reflective of how odd our generation is. Let’s be honest, it’s come to the fore in the last few years that it’s acceptable now to just be a bit fucking weird. Not in a malicious way, I mean it purely in the best sense. Maybe the more sentimental among us would label them as “interesting”, but weird is weird. And weird is good.
The title track is next up, and a relatively mellow ride through synths and easy, lofty vocals. There are moments of just joyous breaks toward the end of the song, giving this group their anthemic tune that will probably grow to be a fan favourite as this band’s name spreads.
Engineer Amnesia is Sego’s third offering, and again this is a mellow number, but, personally, more enjoyable because of the looping, clean-cut guitar riff. There’s something more melodic and repetitive about this one. Joined by distorted tones from some electronic instrument, the number rolls on in this hypnotic manner before pulling itself back to the guitar – the quiet before the soft storm of the song’s end.
Where there needed to be something with a bit more life is the antepenultimate and bustling track False Currency. A track laden with distorted guitars and aggressive brass, the song then switches to a dreamier interlude. Time spent waiting for the guitars to come back, and this time they come back with funk. That’s right. I said funk. This is a track that, given time, will frequent many a house party and alternative club because it has the right attitude for that environment.
Finally is an electronic rhythm laced with digital sounds, Parted Lips. Honestly, the EP wouldn’t have been any worse off for having excluded this track, but then again it pretty much is what I enjoy about these 4 or 5 track mini-records. That they are the gaps in between records, chronologically speaking as well as musically, for the artist. The free time to experiment, play around and see what you like.
Overall, not a bad debut – there are a few tracks on there which will attract people’s attention, something that will serve these two guys well, and I look forward to seeing what they can do on a full album.