East India Youth - Culture Of Volume

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Culture of Volume is the second studio album by the British electronic musician East India Youth, released in April 2015 via XL Recordings.

Culture of Volume is the first East India Youth album released by the Richard Russell-owned label XL Recordings.

Most of the production and the recording was completed in William Doyle's home in London. According to Doyle, the album's name comes from a fragment of a verse in Rick Holland's poem 'Monument'. Culture of Volume was mixed by Doyle and Graham Sutton, and the album artwork was made by Dan Tombs.

Doyle explains: “I always wanted to make quite sophisticated music using very unsophisticated means.” (It should be said however, that he got by with a little help from his friends. Some of the tracks feature string parts laid down by Hannah Peel; legendary producer for the likes of British Sea Power and These New Puritans. Graham Sutton, is credited with mixing the album and visual artist Dan Tombs created the artwork inspired by Andy Warhol’s experiments with computer technology).

His official website provides some information about the tracks on the album:

  • The Juddering – an austere slice of electronica that nods to both the David Bowie track ‘Station To Station’ and Cluster’s Zuckerzeit, while remaining purely its own thing.
  • End Result - a dark but beautiful pop gem, which touches on the unpredictability of the creative process and the transience of life.
  • Beaming White - a glistening Pet Shop Boys-referencing synth disco monster.
  • Turn Away - an epic, widescreen trance-inflected synth pop number.
  • Hearts That Never - pulls off an amazing trick: recreating the breathless excitement of hearing loud minimalist dance music in a club but in a pop music format.
  • Entirety - a distorted and banging techno track which builds to an almost unbearable intensity.
  • Carousel - the jagged peak has been elevating the listener just in order to drop them headfirst into undoubted album centrepiece, the baleful and resigned thing of beauty that is Carousel.
  • Don't Look Backwards - after being put through their emotional paces, the listener is suddenly granted sweet release with the languid Balearic pop of Don't Look Backwards.
  • Manner of Words - a crystal edifice of chiming synth pop balladry — is a thing of grandeur.
  • Montage Resolution - almost brings us back full circle with the kind of austere electronic instrumental that wouldn’t be out of place on a classic Brian Eno or Yellow Magic Orchestra album.

According to Doyle: “Part of the thing with this album and surrounding elements such as artwork has been trying to combine things that wouldn’t usually go together. The whole vibe of the album is certainly trying to force errors by making unlikely connections and seeing what happens.” As the man himself sings at the opening of what will be remembered as one of the best electronic pop albums of the decade: “The end result is not what was in mind.”

The album reached #50 on the UK Albums charts.

This is a Double Album 2LP Record set on 180 Gram Heavyweight Viny housed in a Gatefold Sleeve with plain black inner sleeves with a digital download code, pressed in Europe.






The Juddering



End Result



Beaming White



Turn Away



Hearts That Never









Don't Look Backwards                 



Manner Of Words



Montage Resolution


SKU 634904067410
Record Label XL Recordings
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number XLLP674
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 06 April 2015
Original Release Date (Year) 06 April 2015
Barcode # 634904067410
Shipping Weight 0.5450kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Digital Download
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Electronic
Genre Synth-Pop
Genre Ambient

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