Sunday, April 14, 2024

Young Medicine is Parasocial

‘Parasocial’ is the latest single from Young Medicine, taken from their Cold Blooded album, out now on FiXT.

The single features an appearance from Essenger, with synthwave and rock colliding and the lyrics delving into the complexities of parasocial relationships, where individuals form emotional bonds with personas in media, reflecting on the impact of technology on human interaction.

In their own words, Young Medicine asked, “Have you ever been stalked online by someone you barely know? We delved into the one-sided parasocial relationships people have with those they follow online – How people feel entitled to a constant window into your life and communication based on this idea they have of you. We have received some crazy messages and even in-person encounters of this sort over the past few years and wrote this song from the perspective of the stalker, stylistically pulling from metal, synthwave, and TRL-era boy band melodies.”

You can check out the video here at RAMzine.

Running a gauntlet of genres, the Cold Blooded album kicks off with a track inspired by The X-Files TV series, ‘UFO Party’ before pivoting to a light hearted yet epic ‘I’m Going To Hit Rock Bottom, You Guys Want Anything?’ Delivering everything from ghost stories, in ‘The Haunting Of Bly Manor’, title track ‘Cold Blooded’, and guest saxophone appearance from Evan Kappelman on ‘Hold On To Anything’.
Featuring a blazing array of synthesizers, drums, and heavy guitars, Coldblooded is said to include everything from hard-hitting djent rhythms, retro synth tones, combining heavy 80s synths with a mix of post-hardcore and modern metal, Young Medicine take fans on a sonic journey through haunting narratives, self-reflection, and powerful musical landscapes. 

Previously, they released Everything Is Perfect’ as a single, commenting: “What does it mean to be human? With AI and the potential melding of AI with humans, we figured we would dig back into the same ‘Not Human’ territory we’ve treaded in the past, but from a different angle… This song a straight-up scream into the void for help and affirmation, pleading for someone to tell you what is real and that everything is okay (perfect). Stylistically, it is everything Young Medicine is known for: big synthwave production, anime-style choruses, and metalcore rhythms, but kicked up a notch from what we usually do.”  

You can check out the video to that here at RAMzine too and Cold Blooded can be ordered here.

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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