– UK TOUR THIS WEEK
– SHARES NEW VIDEO ‘WHEN I PAINT MY MASTERPIECE’ (BOB DYLAN COVER)
– ALBUM OUT NOW VIA CITY SLANG
Ahead of his run of UK dates, which start today, Black Yaya has unveiled a new video, which sees the singer-songwriter cover Bob Dylan’s ‘When I Paint My Masterpiece’. Black Yaya will play a headline London show at The Lexington tomorrow (April 9th), followed by a string of regional dates over the UK.
The thought behind Black Yaya came about when David Ivar wanted to go back to recording everything himself, far from the recording facilities he had got used to with Herman Dune. It was those great artists, namely Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry & John Lennon that inspired him to step out on his own & this new video gives a little glimpse of Black Yaya’s warm, folk-pop as he puts his own spin on a Bob Dylan classic.
One morning in November of 2012, David Ivar woke up with the strange feeling that he could not be in a band anymore, at least for the moment. He loved every moment he’d had shared with his friend, his brother, but he was different now. He needed to be able to speak for himself & for himself only.
David Ivar gathered his guitar and recording equipment, mainly an Electrovoice microphone he’d got for the price of two bottles of tequila (Patron, but still), and took them to Los Angeles, California, near Malibu, where he knew he could afford a studio apartment by the ocean. The songs of Black Yaya were to be recorded by himself, entirely, drums, basses, guitars, pianos, organs, harps and whatnot. His partner Mayon lent her voice to the tracks, and he took his recordings to a friend of his, Antoine Gaillet, who had just opened his own studio, named Goo after his favorite Sonic Youth album for the mixing. He shared the new sounds and songs for the first time there. After a week or so in the studio working on the final mix, he felt it was ready, ready to go.
Whether it be the funk-fuelled grooves of ‘Glad Tidings’, the upbeat harmonica-notes on ‘Watchman’ or the mellow tones of ‘Through The Deep Note’ the debut LP from Black Yaya is packed with catchy pop-folk soaked tracks that makes the album so easy on the ear and marks a new and exciting step for David Ivar.
See Black Yaya live:
10/04 Coventry (UK), The Tin At the Coal Vaults
11/04 Manchester (UK), Soup Kitchen
12/04 Leeds (UK), Brudenell Social Club
13/04 Glasgow (UK), Mono Cafe Bar
15/04 Hull (UK), The New Adelphi Club
16/04 Lille (FR), Eglise St Catherine
17/04 Paris (FR), Café de la Danse
21/04 Berlin (GER), Bang Bang Club
22/04 München (GER), Kranhalle
23/04 Köln (GER), Luxor
24/04 Freiburg (GER), Passage 46
29/04 Bourges (FR), Salle Auditorium
29/05 Toulouse (FR), Festival Curiosités du Bikini