Credit Zac Mahrouche



The rules are simple(ish): they can’t repeat an album, and to just make it that little bit more interesting they have to use the same track number from another album. For example, Track 1 could be the opening track of the incredible Stone Roses’ debut ‘I Wanna Be Adored’. Track 2 could be Blur’s ‘Song 2′ – you get the idea? – basically their fave track 1, 2, 3 etc from 10 different albums.

This month’s Fantasy Album has been curated by the Irish duo Whenyoung (Aoife Power and Andrew Flood). The couple have recorded a new album ‘Paragon Souls‘ which sees their sound evolve into a new fresh set of songs being described as infectious indie-pop. Their new album is released on the 7th April 2023, they will be touring the UK/Ireland in support of the album from the 13th April kicking off in Glasgow and ending in Dundalk on the 25th.

1. ‘Welcome to My Island’ – Caroline Polachek

This is a pretty recent release for a fantasy album pick but it’s one that we have lately been singing either in our heads or along with. We’re big fans of Polachek and this song has encapsulates everything great about her music.”

2. ‘Good Fortune’ – PJ Harvey 

PJ Harvey is a constant inspiration for us and we could have chosen any number of songs. There’s great imagery and meaning in this song and the guitar riff is simple but emotive.”

3. ‘Venus As A Boy’ – Björk 

This is an album we have on vinyl and it regularly gets a spin. One of those “if in doubt” albums. So varied, magical and iconic. Venus As A Boy contains all the great elements of Debut.

4.’Kool Thing’ – Sonic Youth

This is a nostalgic one for us. We remember coming across Sonic Youth in our last year of school. Kim Gordon’s vocal delivery is so unique and weird and it’s got that great opening guitar riff which brings us back to the first time we heard it every time.”

5. ‘Gigantic’ – Pixies

Getting to know Pixies was a formative experience for us. One of the bands we both first loved and bonded over. Gigantic is a winner because it has that distinctive bass line and Kim Deal’s great wailing vocal. Another one that initiates an immediate sing-along.”

6. ‘Movies’ – Weyes Blood

Weyes Blood writes these beautiful operatic, old-world inspired movements that transport you to another place. This song, about her love for movies, takes you on a journey that builds and builds.”

7. ‘The Chain’ – Fleetwood Mac

Hardly needs reasoning but an absolute karaoke belter of an anthem. I was actually surprised this was a track 7, shows the quality of this great album.”

8. ‘Back Baby’ – Jessica Pratt

We came across Jessica Pratt recently and became obsessed. Her voice is otherworldly and like a personal lullaby. This track is our favourite of hers.”

9. ‘Cellophane’ – FKA Twigs

When this song and music video was released a few years ago we were taken aback. It’s a beautiful piece sung in delicate falsetto and definitely inspired us in some of our song writing in recent years.”

10. ‘Heart of Glass’ – Blondie 

I couldn’t believe this was track 10 on Parallel Lines. Arguably the greatest track 10 of all time? Felt like a good way to finish out the fantasy album on a fade-out disco banger.”

A brilliant Fantasy Album curated by Whenyoung, great to see Blondie included. Do you think there is a better track 10? Let us know.

You can catch up with the any news or events by following them on their socials.

@whenyoungband on Twitter & Instagram and @whenyoung on Facebook

Pre-order Paragon Songs HERE

Book tickets for the tour HERE

Check our their latest single ‘Unchained’ below.