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It’s (almost) Christmas, which means it’s time, among other things, for another merry6mas. The nineteenth, to be precise! Every year, the tireless Yellow6 (Leicester’s Jon Atwood) ties up loose ends written and recorded throughout the months and compiles a festive year-end release. Plenty of gloomy ambient and post-rock guitar to be expected. As usual, the super Silber Media is responsible for a limited CD pressing.

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  • Silber 254 / Limited CD on Silber. Edition of 100 copies in a hand-printed linocut sleeve by Mark Prestage

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Running to the Red [merry6mas2017] by yellow6
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8/10 Clinton Staff review, 13 December 2017

Screw the bloody John Lewis ad. Especially that those purveyors of unwelcome stodge Elbow are involved. No, the real advent of Christmas here at Norman Towers is the Yellow 6 Christmas CD which has been a regular yuletide treat for our overworked and frozen-to-the-bones elves. As usual it comes in lovely hand made packaging and contains a hodge podge of Jon Atwood's recordings over the past twelve months. 

It starts rather noisily with the distorted 'Later than Evening (Running)' which is a low end sonic soup of sub aquatic MBV-esque guitars. My favourite track comes early on 'We should Be Building Bridges Not Walls' is a great repetitive blast of Low styled guitars which gradually build in intensity over the course of five or so9 dramatic minutes.  Excellent stuff. Atwood has at his disposal a Christmas box of guitar effects which he uses to manipulate all manner of shapes from his axe. 'The Guilford Loop' is another lovely highlight with treated guitars wrapping around each other in a wonderful festive hug. As usual comparisons could be made to Windy & Carl, Roy Montgomery and La Bradford as Atwood continues his one man quest to keep alive the genre of spacey guitar instrumentals. 

Listen on cold nights with the curtains drawn and something mulling on the stove.  



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