Music Review: Young The Giant Releases “Both Sides” Acoustic EP


Young The Giant, the critically acclaimed and multi-platinum selling band, has treated fans to a delightful acoustic EP titled “Both Sides.” This four-track EP, released via AWAL/Jungle Youth Records, showcases the band’s talent in a stripped-down, intimate setting. Recorded at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, where their debut album was also recorded, “Both Sides” features acoustic versions of fan favorites such as “Dancing In The Rain” and “The Walk Home,” as well as a special Reflections version of the latter. Additionally, the EP includes a captivating acoustic cover of Joni Mitchell’s classic “Both Sides Now.”

The acoustic renditions on this EP allow Young The Giant’s musical prowess and emotional depth to shine through. The raw and organic arrangements bring a new perspective to the songs, highlighting the band’s versatility and skillful musicianship. Sameer Gadhia’s soulful vocals take center stage, showcasing his range and ability to convey heartfelt emotions. Whether it’s the introspective “The Walk Home” or the reimagined classic “Both Sides Now,” Young The Giant’s acoustic performances captivate listeners and create a sense of intimacy.

To coincide with the EP release, Young The Giant has embarked on an exciting North American tour, joined by special guest Milky Chance. The tour kicked off with two sold-out shows in New York City, setting the stage for an unforgettable concert experience. The band’s live performances are known for their energy, and witnessing the acoustic versions of these songs in person is undoubtedly a treat for fans.

In addition to the EP and tour, Young The Giant’s fifth studio album, “American Bollywood,” has been receiving acclaim since its release. The album, which includes the chart-climbing single “The Walk Home,” delves into the multi-generational saga of the American immigrant experience, with Sameer Gadhia’s introspective lyrics serving as a powerful storytelling vehicle. Co-produced by John Hill and the band members themselves, “American Bollywood” is a testament to Young The Giant’s evolution and continued musical excellence.

Young The Giant’s commitment to social causes and inclusivity is also worth noting. Lead singer Sameer Gadhia has been recognized for his advocacy and was named in Variety’s 2022 Inclusion Impact Report. Through platforms like Point of Origin and partnerships with organizations like REVERB, the band aims to make a positive impact and raise awareness about important issues.

Overall, “Both Sides” is a must-listen for Young The Giant fans and acoustic music enthusiasts alike. The EP showcases the band’s artistry and ability to connect with listeners on a deeper level. With their ongoing tour and the success of “American Bollywood,” Young The Giant continues to solidify their place as one of the most talented and captivating bands in the industry.

Written by Anissa Sutton

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