Southerly is basically a guy called Krist Krueger who wrote all of the songs and played all of the instruments. He does get a little help from Eli Jemison (keyboards) and Sarah Saturday (backing vocals), but in the end Southerly is very much a one-man project.
“Youth” is a collection of twelve songs that are dreamy, melancholic and poppy in an indie kinda way. This is a very good thing if you’re called Death Cab For Cutie, not so much if you’re Southerly. The songs always start out decent enough but ultimately don’t go anywhere. They seem content being stuck in repetition and Krueger’s vocals are too mediocre and monotone to make much of an impression. Plus it’s next to impossible to make any sort of distinction between the separate songs… this one has ‘missed opportunity’ written all over it.