When you listen to Youthfire, you should do it in the dark. You should do it at midnight with your headphones in. Youthfire’s latest single, Leave, is a painfully touching song that reaches all the right, soft, raw, spots.
Though the guitars and synths slide over your heart with a delicate touch, it is Stephen Carmichael’s delicate voice that takes Leave to that next level. Leave is reminiscent of The xx, but with a certain physicality and directness that The xx lack. The production on Stephen’s voice makes it feel like he’s with you, or you are the one being asked, “please leave me”. When you listen to Youthfire, you should do it alone.
You can listen to Leave here: