The Wake All My Youth EP is Young Empires' first statement and is impressive in certain regards but hampered by limitation.
There's an old saying that goes "If you only have one song, make sure it's a good one." Young Empires seemed to have latched onto this theory and held it for all its worth. Unfortunately, the song they're tinkering with, a "future disco" number, never elevates itself from good to great. It doesn't help that it's difficult to differentiate some of the songs either. While they each have distinctive qualities to them, the sameness can make for an underwhelming listen yet leave a decent impression.
Young Empires clearly have talent. They can definitely pen a decent melody both vocally and instrumentally but to stand out they'll need to figure out a way to evolve separate sounds instead of just one. While this isn't a great release, it's a good introduction to the band's sound. At the very least, It'll be interesting to see what they do with a full-length.