The Brazen Youth Come To Terms With Change Via ‘Eagle, Idaho’

Connecticut based group The Brazen Youth , have announce their new album Eagle, Idaho, due out September 16th, 2022. The fourteen track full-length LP follows their October 2021 Changing EP. With the album’s announcement, the band has also revealed the single “If These Wild Winds Are Yours” featuring the artist Alix Page.

The album title, Eagle, Idaho is taken from a visit when the band were in that suburb for a few days when they got word the father of band member Charles Dahlke had passed away. They had all been living with the Mr. Dahlke for the past couple of years so the event had a big impact and created a sense of change for the band.

While the band’s earlier music deals more with youthful confrontation with the world, Eagle, Idaho shows them “stepping through the looking glass into adulthood”. As with past releases, The Brazen Youth recorded the new album at Charles Dahlke’s Ashlawn Recording Company studios at Ashlawn Farm.

Single artwork for “If These Wild Winds Are Yours”

Some of the music they were listening to during their two months of recording was the Charles Mingus and Joni Mitchell collaboration Mingus, Paul Simon’s Graceland, the discography of Arthur Russell and Big Thief’s Two Hands. The record was entirely produced by the band, but inspired by Great Grandpa’s Four of Arrows, they reached out to that album’s producer/mixer Mike Vernon Davis to mix Eagle, Idaho.

Nic Lussier from the group comments on this state of change:

I think I’ve realized that the goal of my life is not to be happy. Happiness is an inevitably fleeting state. So that goal appears unrealistic. I think my true ambition in life is to simply be at peace. That’s a theme that has found its way into the album, and into our songwriting as a band as we’ve gotten a little older.

In the end, they describe the upcoming LP as “a reflection and romanticization of a prior life while coming to an acceptance of imperfect love and naked reality.”