“…endlessly fascinating and engrossing.” – The Line of Best Fit
Formed after classically trained Scottish composer Ian Anderson, along with bassist Dave Brown, performed violin and double bass respectively on Radiohead‘s album A Moon Shaped Pool, yllwshrk have shown an unerring ability to create exceptionally diverse music that has a wonderfully ethereal quality to it. Having premiered the stream for Northern Soul on The Line of Best Fit, yllwshrk have followed this up with the release of their gorgeous video. Exploring elements of prog, jazz, ambient and rock music, the band showcase the full range of their ability to experiment sonically and structurally. Watch the video now via the yllwshrk YouTubechannel.
The band have already released the free EP track, a homagé to Jeff Buckley called ‘Pull Me Under (In Memory of Jeff Buckley)’, which is available to stream and download for free via the ABoF Soundcloud page.
Anderson (rhythm guitar) wanted to tap into his impressive musical knowledge by utilising complex ideas taken from classical compositions, relating to form and harmony, with the aim of implementing them within the context of an alt-rock song structure. Reaching out to Brown, whom he met while touring with Jonny Greenwood and the London Contemporary Orchestra, as well as a number of other musician friends, yllwshrk made their live debut at a London gig in January of this year with Sam West (vocals), Matt Isaac (lead guitar) and Feargus Brennan (drums) completing the line-up.
The band headed to Woodworm Studios in Banbury with the aim of recording their first tracks with producerGraeme Stewart (Radiohead, Ash, Zero 7), the session resulting in three exquisitely crafted songs contained on the EP. All three tracks bear the characteristics that Anderson originally set out to instil into the project with complex rhythms and harmonies scattered throughout, taking inspiration from his work with Radiohead, allied to the majestic, vast vocal stylings of West reminiscent of Jeff Buckley. West’s vocals come close to reaching the same range and emotional intensity as the renowned singer/songwriter with the band giving a clear nod to him on the ode ‘Pull Me Under (In Memory of Jeff Buckley)’.
The rest of the record consists of the aforementioned Northern Soul, displaying gorgeous intricate guitar work which is blended beautifully with technically impressive drumming, and ‘Into Her Sleep With Envy’, highlighting another incredible vocal performance by West and drawing comparisons with acts such as Grizzly Bear andDirty Projectors.
To celebrate the release of their EP in August, the band will be playing two more London dates with a show atThe Good Ship in Kilburn on 2nd August followed by a launch show on 4th August at 93 Feet East.
yllwshrk’s self-titled debut EP is out 5th August 2016 via Oramic Records and is available to pre-order on theyllwshrk Bandcamp page.