AOTY 2019
East India Youth - Total Strife Forever
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2014 Ratings: #56 / 845
Year End Rank: #44
User Score
Based on 175 ratings
2014 Ratings: #288
January 13, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Stolen Recordings / Label
Art Pop, Ambient / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

A remarkable album of astonishing scope and beauty, with an effortlessly direct emotionality, Total Strife Forever more than delivers on the early promise of this young Bournemouth producer.

90
The 405

Over 11 tracks you'll hear acid beats, euphoric electronic pop, ambient passages, drone, krautrock and more. What's incredible is how East India Youth has managed to bring all of these elements together and construct a cohesive record.

90
Drowned in Sound

Total Strife Forever is that scarcest of things; a masterly record which walks a unpredictable line musically yet remains entirely consistent in quality.

90
musicOMH

Where Total Strife Forever truly excels is in Doyle’s exemplary use of texture. It is an album that constantly surprises and leaves you on edge. Yet nothing sounds forced or laboured.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Total Strife Forever is breathtaking. It might get tough sometimes, lonely and desolate even, but Doyle’s catharsis will hoist you by the bootstraps into lusher pastures.

85
Under The Radar

It's a rare album in this genre that blends relaxation with excitement so perfectly, that stays cool without ever being aloof or dragging. 

80
DIY

Innovative, cerebral and yet totally accessible, 'Total Strife Forever' is an incredibly impressive record.

80
NME

It’s well executed, quite odd, highly original and full of promise – exactly what you want from a debut album.

70
The Fly

‘Total Strife Forever’ ... is an ambitious, absorbing debut, and still probably only a glimpse of what East India Youth’s capable of.

70
Exclaim!

Although Doyle's vocal melodies lack focus at times, Total Strife Forever possesses enough left-turns to satisfy the most adventurous electronic music fans.

70
FACT Magazine

Doyle’s real talents lie in universalist songwriting, and no matter how proficient his production displays, Total Strife Forever is only spectacular when Doyle is in full majestic mode.

70
No Ripcord

While William Doyle’s career is undoubtedly on an upward trajectory and I am looking forward to his evolution as an artist, Total Strife Forever is hardly a landmark in electronic music. 

raymon
60
I just didn't like the album. Though the artist shows some promise, I could not find myself loving most of the songs.
DalekTurret32
100
Glitter Recession [99]
Total Strife Forever I [104]
Dripping Down [105]
Hinterland [101]
Heaven, How Long [103]
Total Strife Forever II [96]
Looking For Someone [106]
Midnight Koto [94] (-)
Total Strife Forever III [99]
Song For A Granular Piano [98]
Total Strife Forever IV [97]

Top 5:

5. Hinterland
4. Heaven, How Long
3. Total Strife Forever I
2. Dripping Down
1. Looking For Someone
CheapandLethal
60
Fairly uninspired
EMR
57
Although East India Youth shows promise and talent as an eclethic producer in this record, There is not much in here that really stands out for a consistent listen. In fact, there is ambition as he goes from style to style in the huge title piece that is scattered across the tracklisting in a blend of ambient, noise, krautrock and electronica that may sound interesting and intriguing at first, but as more further listens are employed, the listener may feel a little overstuffed in the ... read more
100
When the Mercury Prize nominees were announced, this was one of the underdogs, as the press complained about how much small artists there were in the list. Damon Albarn and Bombay Bicycle Club were some of the only established artists in this and these small artists no one had heard of weren’t that exciting for everyone, looking for bigger names like Kasabian and Coldplay who were all not invited to the party. But is that necessarily a bad thing? No, it isn’t. Some of these could ... read more
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Track List

  1. Glitter Recession
  2. Total Strife Forever I
  3. Dripping Down
  4. Hinterland
  5. Heaven, How Long
  6. Total Strife Forever II
  7. Looking for Someone
  8. Midnight Koto
  9. Total Strife Forever III
  10. Song for Granular Piano
  11. Total Strife Forever IV
 
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