The debut album by William Doyle, working under the moniker of East India Youth offers an electric blend of electronic tracks that covers a fair amount of ground. ‘Total Strife Forever’ features a wonderful blend of electronic music, ranging from synth-pop to ambient. There’s a number of interesting elements to ‘Total Strife Forever’, which demonstrates some great maturity from a fairly young and upcoming artist. East India Youth certainly demonstrates a fair amount of talent on his debut record, showcasing everything he has to offer when it comes to his own brand of electronic music. It’s is arguable though that as an album package, ‘Total Strife Forever’ does miss a few of the marks.
Much of ‘Total Strife Forever’ seems to have been born from the rising surge of British electronic music. What’s interesting though is how East India Youth manages to separate himself from the bog of dull electronic music by offering his own slants and styles on things. There’s a fair amount of impressive and enjoyable ideas being presented on ‘Total Strife Forever’, which comes across as a rather promising album for East India Youth. There’s an enjoyable amount of creativity and diversity of sound being presented by Doyle, who offers us a little bit more than what some of us might be used to. There’s a number of rather memorable tracks as well, which certainly elevates East India Youth’s position.
What doesn’t work though is the presentation of the album itself. Each track on the album more or less works well in terms of how well the album flows into each other, but as the album goes on and on, it seems to demonstrate some dull qualities. A number of the tracks seem to just drag on, giving the album itself somewhat of an annoying quality. Whilst East India Youth demonstrates some good strong ideas on his debut album, he also demonstrates a number of flaws that severely impact the album itself. ‘Total Strife Forever’ certainly has a good number of good songs, but so much of the album is made up of elements that don’t add anything at all, making the album so much longer than it needs to be.
Although there’s some great songs on ‘Total Strife Forever’, there is sadly not enough to push the album forward of all the flaws it possesses. East India Youth certainly demonstrates a more interesting sound than most others within the same genre, but a number of errors has impacted the album quite a lot. Perhaps some will find enjoyment in the electronic elements pulsating over and over, but when the elements themselves don’t seem to contribute anything to the overall album effort, then it seems pointless. Perhaps East India Youth will learn from his mistakes on ‘Total Strife Forever’, as there are certainly some promising moments.
- ★★★☆☆ 3/5
- Total Strife Forever I
- Dripping Down
- Looking For Someone
- Midnight Koto
East India Youth’s debut album ‘Total Strife Forever’ is out now.