‘gently contagious, with the circular vocal hook matched against some glistening production’ Clash
Portuguese duo Best Youth are pleased to present the second single, ‘Mirrorball’, taken from their forthcoming debut album, ‘Highway Moon’, set for release on 30th March.
Vocalist Catarina Salinas and Ed Rocha Gonçalves (guitar, keys, synths, programming, vocals) make music best described as a clash between electronic indie rock and dream-pop.
Following the release of latest single, ‘Red Diamond’, new single ‘Mirrorball’ marks the second track on the upcoming LP, and is an introspective song about never really feeling complete, about “that void we all keep deep inside”, according to Ed. With its booming bass and euphoric synths, it’s an upbeat track that reflects conflicting feelings.
Hailing from the sunny city of Oporto, the pair’s friendship blossomed after seeing one another every year on the same beach during their respective family vacations. Initially forming as short-lived 3-piece band Genius Loki, it wasn’t until several years later, while working on a solo album, that Ed reached out to Catarina for a recording session and Best Youth was officially born.
Their 2011 debut EP, ‘Winterlies’, featured ‘Hang Out’, which topped the charts of two of Portugal’s biggest radio stations and resulted in the band being cited by French publication Les Inrocks as ‘ones to follow’. December 2012 saw the duo release a collaborative album with fellow band We Trust under the name There Must be a Place, taking them on a full tour around the country which saw them open a show for Father John Misty. Further recognition came in 2013 with standalone single ‘Still Your Girl’, which earned the duo a Cáceres Pop Eye Award in Spain for ‘Best European Band’.
While recording ‘Highway Moon’, featuring Fernando Sousa on bass and Nuno Sarafa on drums, Best Youth were approached by cultural project T(H)REE (which joins Portuguese and Asian artists in creating compilations) to collaborate with highly acclaimed producerMoullinex. This resulted in an original track entitled ‘In the Shade’. Now, with a number of European performances under their belts, including playing the likes of Optimus Primavera Sound and Belgium’s Glimps Festival, they’re preparing to make their UK live debut in the coming months to celebrate the release of their new material – watch this space!