New York based Olden Yolk have finally released their self-titled debut album. Shane Butler and Caity Shaffer have combined their collective talents to produce an album that contains a wide range of styles.
Olden Yolk are a truly urban band. The duo have almost reinvented themselves here, intertwining vocals that at times are haunting and melancholy; perfect for their fascination with presenting scenes and observations around them. The results are often upbeat too – ‘Cut to the Quick’ in particular is an alternative-folk monster.
Olden Yolk’s debut effort is packed with charm and hooks that stay with the listener long after the wonderful final track, ‘Takes One to Know One’ closes. Observations whilst riding subways (‘Verdant’) and face watching in kiosks in the metro, (the epic 8 minute ‘Takes One to Know One’) both find a place here.
Olden Yolk really is abstract poeticism at its very best. The hazy, almost dreamy feel that dominates the album is only enhanced by the duo’s decision to recruit a fuller band that rounds out the sessions that created this release.
With tunes and notes billowing around us like smoke in a dimly lit room, this is a wonderful debut release. Breathe it in.
2. Cut To the Quick
3. Gamblers On A Dime
4. Vital Sign
6. Common Ground
7. Hen’s Teeth
8. Esprit de Corps
9. After Us
10. Takes One To Know One
Released: February 2018
Cat: TIM129 / Trouble In Mind