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The Yearning Vinyl, CD & tapes by The Yearning at Norman Records

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The Yearning
Take Me All Over The World

The Yearning have succeeded (more or less) where Franz Ferdinand failed: every release features the same logo, text and visual style, varying only in specific photos and colour schemes. And titles. The band is mainly the work of Joe Moore and Maddie Dobie, a pair dead set on steamrolling the Great British Twee-Off. These are expertly-crafted, sickly-sweet pop tunes that sound like Vashti Bunyan’s doe-eyed 1970s debut subjected to chamber pop restyling.

The Perfect Kiss
Disconnect

The Perfect Kiss is Joe Moore (also of The Yearning and Lia Pamina), operating in electro-pop mode. In fact, apart from the excellent vocals of Holly Vanags, a particular Yamaha keyboard from 1985 is the only sound-source on Disconnect, with Joe fully engaging his talents to make magic out of such a minimal pallet. 10” mini-LP on Elefant, limited to 500.

The Yearning
Evening Souvenirs

Prepare yourself to be whisked away by a wall of complete charm. 70s Burt Bacharach instrumentation and sorrowful glitz. Joe Moore’s compositions and productions take you back in time, through soft focus, and Maddie Dobie’s heartbreaking vocals underpin the nature of the tracks being filled with incredible sadness whilst being wistful almost playful.