Infinite x MTV K First Showcase
Cork, Ireland

Get Happy-Sad with Cork’s Young Wonder

Get Happy-Sad with Cork’s Young Wonder

Start your new year with a sense of wonder

By Halley Bondy
December 26, 2012

Name: Young Wonder (aka Ian Ring and Rachel Koeman)

Where they’re from From: Cork, Ireland

When they Started: 2011

Genre: Electro-pop

Most Similar: Passion Pit, Naked & Famous, Born Gold

Sounds Like: Rebirth!

Young Wonder’s “To You” may have dropped several months ago, garnering love from UK radio and Hype Machine charts in the meantime (it hit #1 a few weeks ago), but it’s the perfect song to ring in a new year. 2012 was terminally shitty, but there’s something about the sad optimism in “To You” by this new Irish producer/vocalist duo that makes you want to give the sunrise another chance.

I say Young Wonder’s singles are Passion Pit-like because of their abrasive, high-pitched dreamlike loops that sound like Uilleann pipes, and the Bjork voice of Rachel Koeman which all amount to a sort of lovely, wild “Sleepyhead”y agony. It’s the sound of unfounded nostalgia, of running bare-assed in the woods, of a Williamsburg circa 2000 hangover, of clinging onto youth as tightly as you can. No one can deny the power of “To You” to make people feel happy-sad.

Not all of Young Wonder’s singles are as pop-dramatic as “To You” — some of the tracks off their self-titled debut EP (which came out in April) are much more warbly, chill and Balearic. No wonder Greece’s eternally chill Keep Shelly in Athens remixed them about a month ago.

The duo is coming out with another EP called Show Your Teeth in spring next year. But in the meantime enjoy their elegiac video for “To You.”

Return to All articles