Yawn by Bill Ryder-Jones

Former The Coral bloke Bill Ryder-Jones drops his latest solo effort via Domino. Yawn is another record of furrowed-brow indie-rock from a man who always has a lot on his mind. The often-lengthy runtimes - most of the ten tracks here are over five-minutes - give Ryder-Jones the space for slow builds and thoughtful meditations on life. Musically the LP is frequently reminiscent of Elbow, Idlewild and Frightened Rabbit.

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Yawn by Bill Ryder-Jones
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7/10 Clinton 31 October 2018

You really want to be careful with that title. Just looking at the word 'yawn' makes me want to yawn. It doesn't help that there's nothing particularly exciting about Bill Ryder Jones music. It moves slowly and his voice has a sleepy narcotic quality that I'm struggling to stay awake through. Tracks such as Time Will be the Only Saviour sound like a sleepy Echo and the Bunnymen playing at 16rpm. 

I assume this is the aesthetic Ryder Jones is going for but it's a hard plod despite lines like 'I like looking at pictures of old dogs' which unlike most lyrics these days says everything to me about my life. If he stepped up the energy on occasion then I'd be much more likely to enjoy quiet ballads like 'Recover' which sounds like a duvet clad Michael Head.  There are good moments like 'Mither' which rise the pace up to Red House Painters territories  - they could have been a case for starting the LP with this track as it's rather good and is an easy way into his sleep deprived world. Ryder Jones proves quite good at this kind of atmospheric rock as he repeats the trick on And Then There's You.

The album wakes up out of it's stupor in it's middle section but I'm still finding Yawn a bit too much of a one paced slog, Ryder's whispered voice has a similar dynamic on each track but musically he's reasonably successful at tapping into the haunted slowcore of the likes of Sophia.    


8/10 Alex Customer rating (no review), 20th November 2018


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