Michael Youngkin is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist residing in Haddon Heights, New Jersey and active in the Philadelphia music community.
His songs serve as a treatise on the times: the isolating influence of electronics, the loneliness of adulthood, and, for good measure, all flavors of heartbreak, from depressive to vindictive. His music incorporates elements of country, blues, rock, punk, and folk.
In January 2017, Youngkin released his first EP titled Without You. Recorded at home for no money whatsoever, the 4-song release covers the musical ground from whimsical pop to earnest shoegaze. In March, two songs from the EP were featured on KALX’s The Next Big Thing.
For his next project, he wrote and recorded an entire 10-song album in a single day. Titled Snow Day, the project was prompted by an unexpected day off from work and a commitment to spontaneity. While the experiment yielded some tenuous moments, WXPN’s John Vettese remarked that parts of it are “actually quite fantastic.”
Outside his solo project, Youngkin plays bass and guitar with Philly outfit Dominy. They have played at Ortlieb’s and Kung Fu Necktie, where they opened for Future Generations. They plan to release an EP in Summer 2017.