The View – Exorcism of Youth
Scottish group The View have been a feature of the UK’s indie scene since their breakout hit, Same Jeans, in 2007 and its number-one LP, Hats off to the Buskers. They have since released a further four records and are a constant fixture on the festival circuit. Following a hiatus in 2017, they return with their first album in eight years, Exorcism of Youth.
It is a collection that recalls the band’s heyday in the mid-00s. Sure to become a favourite at their live shows, the opening title track kicks things off in fine fashion, with Kyle Falconer front-and-centre and a summery singalong chorus. Feels Like, which follows, feels both contemporary and like a throwback, building to a soaring chorus.
Arctic Sun shows off a more experimental side, with The View flexing their creative muscles. Definitely one of the record’s standouts, it reveals an act with a point to prove after five years away, straying from their tried-and-tested sounds; though at times this album can feel a tad pedestrian, elements like this bring a sense of urgency and relevance. Next, Shovel in His Hands is a pure rock’n’roll number from its chorus to the frenetic guitar solo from Pete Reilly, demonstrating his prowess.
Both crossing the five-minute mark, Allergic to Mornings and Black Mirror provide some of the more epic moments. On the former, Reilly’s guitar marries perfectly with Falconer’s vocals, the two acting in tandem as the track builds to a humorous chorus that displays a more tongue-in-cheek side.
Neon Lights is a tonal departure, with an electronic intro, showcasing the potential for an expansion in sound and ambition – perhaps something they should consider adding to their arsenal and using more frequently. Far from a throwaway, it is one of the more impressive offerings.
If Exorcism of Youth is not perhaps as strong as some of The View’s best work, is a welcome return for Dundee’s finest. It feels like they’ve never been away, delivering 12 tracks sure to please fans of the group and indie more widely, while also showing some welcome signs of experimentation and a willingness to push themselves out of their comfort zone.
Exorcism of Youth is released on 18th August 2023. For further information or to order the album visit The View’s website here.
Watch the video for the single Woman of the Year here: