Yawning Chasm claim that they recorded the bulk of new cassette Songs From Blue House in a shed during a storm. When you listen to this thing you start to believe them. The songs here are folk, more or less, but with the quiet charm that characterises the best bedroom indie. The group frequently back up their acoustic-and-vocal dynamic with synths and electric guitar, something that means cuts like ‘Speed of Night’ have a quality akin to Sung Tongs-era Animal Collective. Is nice.
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Always nice to see a potted plant on the sleeve to a tape. See inlay and you'll spot it - some kind of palm I think. Yawning Chasm is the project of Aaron Coyne who, despite recording these tracks in a shed in a storm, sounds alarmingly perky. He rattles through a series of songs which all sound like he was trying not to wake anyone up while recording them. There's gently strummed acoustic guitars, whispered vocals and little bits of electronics, mandolin and ukelele added in for texture.
It's pretty lovely, a very charming collection that sort of recalls early Elliott Smith but with a much cheerier disposition. Coyne's songs are comforting rather than stark and are the sort of things that feel like they were invented to give you a cuddle at the end of a long day. The production is nicely home-fi and Coyne has a nice way with wandering melodies that are well thought out and take the songs off in unexpected directions. At times I'm reminded of Villagers but way less quivery. On occasion you feel you are listening to a classic songwriter in the making, these are embryonic things at this stage, stripped back and raw but this helps give them a wonderful homely feel. Recommended.
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