Have you ever seen a large bovine make music? Have you ever had yak’s milk? Here’s hoping their music is a bit tastier, Yak finally releasing a haunting subterranean 7” for all you cow lovers. Hungry Heart and flipside Something on Your Mind will hopefully prove to be the first of many excellent 7 and 12”s to come.
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8/10 Chuck Customer review, 14th April 2016
Yak are fast becoming my favourite new band. Their live performances caught them a lot of attention last year, with their appearances at Field Day and British Summer Time being some of the most talked about sets those weekends. I wasn't sure if they could follow up their 'Plastic People' EP with something that would elevate them above the over saturated psych/garage rock market. This EP is, thankfully, exactly what I was hoping for.
'Hungry Heart' sounds like something the Londoners might have written after a night out somewhere along the Delta. The drums and bass are relentless, allowing the guitars room to pulsate and swell, reverberating around your head like a mist. Its a completely compelling track, and some of the best rock music I've heard this year.
'Something on Your Mind' is a surprise. The crazed drums from 'Hungry Heart' are replaced by a Casio-sounding machine. The mix here is interesting, with shoegaze-y guitars panned entirely to one ear and organ to the other. Its a cool trick that stops the guitar from ruining the almost minimalist arrangement. This track in particular signals good things for Yak's forthcoming LP.
Its singer Oliver Burslem that holds the songs together. His charisma and swagger elevate the tracks from over-done garage rock to something far more fresh and listenable. It takes a lot of confidence to be the type of frontman he is, but this is exactly why Yak are so rare.
Damn good stuff.
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