Dreamy vocals are home for Ireland's Young Wonder
. The band, which consists of Rachel Koeman and Ian Ring, brings R&B, dubstep, Irish folk and dream-pop together, bringing clarity to this mix of sounds. If you listen to Young Wonder, you won't be surprised by the similarities the band draws to Purity Ring and Grimes. The duo has this great ability to combine sounds and take inspiration from a variety of different artists. Their musical influences tend to come from everywhere, nowhere and somewhere in-between. Their single, "To You," is reminiscent of Passion Pit's "Sleepyhead" bringing a method to the madness of beats running through the track.
We recently had a Skype date with Young Wonder's Rachel Koeman about co-writing songs, death and loss and her admiration for female performers.
How did you come up with the name Young Wonder?
Our manager and Ian actually decided on the name. I guess it's a play on the wonder of youth and all of the amazing imagery and feelings that go with it. I like the name, although it did take me a while to come around to it.
What is your songwriting process like?
Well, usually what happens is, Ian works in his studio and comes up with some beats and melodies, which he then sends to me. What I do then is I get a feel for the music and begin to write some lyrics and melodies, which usually takes only a day or two, depending on the song (and what mood I'm in)! Then I go back to Ian with my work and we discuss things and usually record from there.
Watch the "Time" (feat. Sacred Animals) music video
Very cool who are some of your musical influences?
I have so many. I guess as a female in the music scene I tend to go to other successful females such as Grimes, but others include Purity Ring, alt-j, James Blake, Crystal Fighters, Kate Bush, Lana Del Rey, M83, Southern Shores and Young Magic. I love M83. I saw him live last summer. WOW!
Nice I can hear similarities with M83 and alt-J. Will you be touring the U.S.? Do you have an album release date for a full-length?
We hope to tour the U.S. sometime in the future. We don't have any set dates as of yet, but fingers crossed! With regards to a full album release, it's another fingers crossed!
Out of curiosity, what is "To You" about?
"To You" is a song about death and loss; it's equally a song celebrating life, finding love and losing it. It was inspired by someone I knew who died of cancer.
I'm sorry for your loss.
How did you and Ian meet, and how did you come up with Show Your Teeth as the title of your EP?
We actually met through Brendan who is the creator and brains of Feel Good Lost. He co-manages us, has done most of our videos and his label Feel Good Lost Records was the label our first EP was released on. Brendan did some work with Ian and then introduced me to Ian and magic happened. Wait. That sounds like we had sex or somethingwe thought Show Your Teeth
was a cool name for the EP. It really encapsulates the idea of "Hey, we're here. This is us." We're showing people what we have. We had that phrase lying around for ages, and I guess it just made sense.
Young Wonder's Show Your Teeth
is out May 6th. Stream/Download its leading single "Time" (feat. Sacred Animals) below.