Euan Hinshelwood plays in Emmy the Great‘s band (he’s one of two Euan’s in the band, actually, or at least he was) but makes his own music too under the name Younghusband. (I’ve written about Euan before.) Unlike Emmy’s lovely, confessional folk, Younghusband is more indie pop oriented, owing a lot to The Go-Betweens and other jingle-jangle melodicists.
While it began as bedroom recordings with three 7″s on Culturedeluxe, Younghusband is now a proper band and have just released their first record in two years — a new 7″ on the Too Pure Singles Club. The A-side, “Carousel,” is a swirling dream that got a post punk backbone with a Sarah Records shimmer. The b-side, “Nothing Nothing,” is more straight-up pop not that far off from The Shins (like first album Shins).
I’ve met Euan a few times when he’s been over in NYC with Emmy, a super nice guy, but never once did he tell me — and I only just learned this today — that he was in short-lived mid-’00s band The New Shapes who put out a few great singles, such as this one (and it’s Stonesy b-side that I actually like more).
MP3: The New Shapes – You’ve Got Me Running Round
MP3: The New Shapes – A Song About a Girl
In related news: Emmy the Great will be over in the States in two weeks.