Hey everyone, it’s been a while, but we’re back with another Riot Act Reviews, and, good lord, do we have a good one. Steve and Remfry are looking at Angel In Realtime. by Gang of Youths, the third studio album by the Australian alternative rock band and the follow up to their 2017 album Go Farther In Lightness.
Although they’re pretty successful here in the UK, Gang of Youths are much more of a sizable band in their native Australia and the US. The release of Angel In Realtime. looks like it will change that dramatically though, as this is one of the most poignant, personal, inspiring and ambitious albums of 2022. The narrative around the album focuses on the death and legacy of frontman David Le’aupepe’s father, his relationship with a person he describes as “the most important man in my life” and his reaction to the stunning revelations that came to light in the aftermath of his passing. This is all explored musically with a vast sonic palette that recalls everyone from Arcade Fire to Pulp to The National to Talk Talk to The Verve to Springsteen to Radiohead and beyond. It all sounds very ambitious, but has Le’aupepe done his muse justice with this record? Spoiler; unquestionably he has.