Andrew Fox, aka Visuals, is a Brooklyn native who spent time in Berlin recording his EP The State of Things, and the dichotomy of the two musically-riche cities is evident on “Days of Our Youth.” The foundation of the track is a nocturnal, electronic composition, cut through with raw post-punk guitar mixed down to an almost hush. The effect is something like standing in the middle of two night clubs at once, but the coming together produces something harmonious.
“‘Days of Our Youth’ was written in the middle of my stay in Berlin, a point where I could look back squarely at my days spent in New York City, and see it as one period with a beginning and, inevitably an end,” Fox explains of the song. “It was a youth spent in the shadow of the great recession, and so there’s these almost utopian promises of your early 20s but then pressed against some shockingly grim realizations about how the system works. And yet, I’m still an optimist. It’s a song that plays on the dance-floors of Europe, but really is an homage to the post-punk and new-wave I got into in the Big Apple. A massive shout out to Louis McGuire who did an incredible job with production on this one.”
The State of Things is out March 25th via thesongsays.