Yair Yona self-releases Sword, a delicate and dynamic instrumental album constructed from desert-blues and dusty overheard samples. The album was envisioned as a soundtrack to the 1973 Yom Kippur war and can be as quietly devastating as that concept implies. It is beautifully packaged on vinyl LP or CD.
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Yair Yona is an Israel born guitarist who has mastered a rather enjoyable style of slide and pick across a series of evocative albums. Here he veers from flat out desert rockers such as the very Pell Mell like 'Sir Bassar' to more out there drifting cinematic pieces such as 'Seven Days In Complete Darkness' which recalls Neil Young's 'Dead Man' soundtrack.
This is the third album in a row that I've reviewed today where each track sounds like it could (at a push) come from a different artist. In fact 'Sword' comes across like a film soundtrack with all the light and shade that would come with that. there are orchestral pieces, dirge-like passes, ethnic distractions and out there field recordings and soundscapes. My favourite bits are where the artist plays John Fahey like guitar alongside environmental recordings such as radio distortion and moving traffic. '2.37AM Every Night For 43 Years' is the best example of this a lovely evocation with eerie guitars tangled around one another with hints of Marc Ribot in the off kilter playing.
A beautiful track. I wish there was more like this on this record - it's sometimes too varied for it's own good - but contains some killer moments.
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