Richard Youngs, ‘Amplifying Host’ (Jagjaguwar)
During more than two decades spent honing a fiercely individual approach to minimalist, off-center folk, this Glasgow-based Englishman has amassed a small but steadily growing cult. Richard Youngs’ 11th solo album on Indiana indie Jagjaguwar ditches the keyboards of his recent releases, instead relying on disjointed guitars, eerily overdubbed incantations, and the rich, multihued drumming of Damon Krukowski (Galaxie 500, Damon & Naomi). Evoking the moonlit tumbleweed vistas of an acid Western, Amplifying Host is unsettling but rewarding. “This is the time of fulfillment,” Youngs exults. Right on schedule.