I love to think about James Yorkston's daily life - tinkering around in his attic with his vintage instruments at his disposal, the distant sound of the sea just with in earshot. He recorded the whole of this new album in said space but later got in...guess who?...David Wrench to have a listen and make some suggestions. The result is a deeply personal treasure trove of songs exemplifying Yorkston at the peak of his craft.
Vinyl LP £21.49 WIGLP425
Heavyweight black vinyl LP on Domino. Comes in a gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeve and poster insert.
- Includes download code
Limited Vinyl LP £19.67 WIGLP425X
Limited edition, indies only green coloured vinyl LP on Domino. Comes in a gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeve and poster insert.
- Coloured vinyl
- Indies only
- Limited edition
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CD £10.50 WIGCD425
CD on Domino. Comes in a mini-gatefold jacket with booklet.
I'll let you into a secret - I'm looking forward to going to Scotland in a few weeks time. The light, the breeze , getting away from miserable old England. James Yorkston always seems content up there. I've seen his studio (on pictures, he didn't exactly invite me) and it looks a lovely place to hang out for an afternoon.
So you can easily see why he's so creative. He's really mumbling on opener 'Your Beauty Could Not Save You' - tinkering around with half formed guitar chords and even some Miles Davis style trumpet meanderings. It's hard to get a grip of actual melodies here and this insouciance continues onto 'The Irish Wars of Independence' with it's spoken word delivery. He's sort of shuffling into the album and getting you ready for the beauty he has prepared on Like Bees to Foxglove which is the first piece which really explores his songwriting skill. It's lovely and heartwarming and seasidey.
Like a lot of James Yorkston albums it seems to exist in a fog of it' own making. At times it seems like he doesn't want you to connect but what he's doing is slowly drawing you into his world so that you can fully escape the rigours and the noise of the modern world and are fully conditioned to spend some time listening to gently plucked guitars and gently squeezed accordions that are barely audible above the sound of the sea. The record exists in its own universe, at times more of an exercise in mindfulness than an album but you are there with it - so much so you can smell the sea, kippers and crabs of Yorkston's place in the world.
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