Gang of Youths have shared a surprise new EP titled total serene. The three-track project includes the recently released ‘the angel of 8th ave’, which marked the band’s first new material since 2017’s Go Farther In Lightness. Stream the full EP below.
total serene is led by the single ‘unison’. “‘unison’ is a deeply important track for us that really signals where the music is headed on the new record,” frontman David Le’aupepe said in a press release. “I conceived the song in Samoa, my ancestral homeland. Here we sample and introduce the work of David Fanshawe, who travelled to the Pacific Islands in the 1980s and recorded the most extensive library of indigenous Pacific music anywhere in the world.”
The EP also features a cover of Elbow’s ‘Asleep in The Back’, from the 2002 album of the same name. “We love Elbow and we thought it was thematically relevant,” Le’aupepe added. “It couldn’t have been anything other than ‘Asleep In The Back.’”