Root and Crown
Editors’ Notes Young Jesus doesn't follow any sort of indie-rock blueprint, instead reveling in that genre's eccentricities while broadening their musical palette. Guitarist John Rossiter's vocals shift between high and low registers akin to Thom Yorke and Justin Vernon so that tracks like the dynamic "Faith" can equally explore both the calming and unnerving elements. The patience and space presented throughout the Los Angeles quartet's fifth full-length allows for fuzzed-out jam sessions and jazzy interludes, pushing tracks like "Lark" and "Magicians" to swell past the 10-minute mark. The record's unpredictable nature leads to songs like "Pattern Doubt" ditching guitars for saxophone solos and lighthearted keyboard flourishes, and the guitar tones from "(un)knowing" reverberate while Rossiter reexamines and cherishes all of life's imperfections.