James Yorkston The Year Of The Leopard

The Year Of The Leopard

James Yorkston

Released on September 24, 2006 by Domino Recording Co

Main artist: James Yorkston

Genre: Blues/Country/Folk > Country

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With help from part of the Talk Talk clan, producer Paul Webb and engineer Phill Brown, former hard rocker from Fife James Yorkston's third full-length album is easily his warmest and most accessible folk offering. Gently rolling opener "Summer Song" is nearly a blueprint of the album as a whole; Yorkston harmonizes dolefully for three-quarters of the track with spare backing, and then a clarinet and double bass wall infuses warmth and makes the world well. Gorgeous standout "Steady as She Goes" picks up right where the opener leaves off, with Yorkston alternating between a confessional talky Arab Strap voice and a falsetto that drifts evocatively around strings, mandolins, a weepy harmonica, and train-like brushed drums. He returns to spoken word delivery with the slow-burning and spooky "The Brussels Rambler" and the autobiographical "Woozy with Cider," where he wonders aloud if his music will eventually make him rich over an organic pastiche reminiscent of Steve Reich. The influence and hands of Webb and Brown are omnipresent, particularly in the spare plucking of "Orgiva Song," which suggests the meeting place of Bert Jansch and Mark Hollis. Just as he brought an experimental, modern touch to his collaborative work with Beth Gibbons, Webb helps Yorkston here to straddle multiple genres, from indie rock to introspective jazz all in a base of traditional acoustic folk. The album is a brittle, introspective affair, but it's brimming with perfectly timed moments of emotional release, beautiful atmosphere courtesy of Webb's masterful oversight, expert folk playing, and Yorkston's rich voice, poetic delivery, and unerring songwriting. It's simultaneously cool yet soul-revealing, sparse yet full, experimental yet grounded, and mournful yet uplifting. The Year of the Leopard is James Yorkston at his very best. ~ Tim DiGravina
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Album : 1 disk - 10 tracks Total length : 00:42:04

  1. 1 Summer Song

    James Yorkston, interprète Copyright : 2006 Domino Recording Co Ltd

  2. 2 Steady As She Goes

    James Yorkston, interprète Copyright : 2006 Domino Recording Co Ltd

  3. 3 The Year Of The Leopard

    James Yorkston, interprète Copyright : 2006 Domino Recording Co Ltd

  4. 4 5 a.m.

    James Yorkston, interprète Copyright : 2006 Domino Recording Co Ltd

  5. 5 Woozy With Cider

    James Yorkston, interprète Copyright : 2006 Domino Recording Co Ltd

  6. 6 I Awoke

    James Yorkston, interprète Copyright : 2006 Domino Recording Co Ltd

  7. 7 The Brussels Rambler

    James Yorkston, interprète Copyright : 2006 Domino Recording Co Ltd

  8. 8 Orgiva Song

    James Yorkston, interprète Copyright : 2006 Domino Recording Co Ltd

  9. 9 Don't Let Me Down

    James Yorkston, interprète Copyright : 2006 Domino Recording Co Ltd

  10. 10 Us Late Travellers

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  • With help from part of the Talk Talk clan, producer Paul Webb and engineer Phill Brown, former hard rocker from Fife James Yorkston's third full-length album is easily his warmest and most accessible folk offering. Gently rolling opener "Summer Song" is nearly a blueprint of the album as a whole; Yorkston harmonizes dolefully for three-quarters of the track with spare backing, and then a clarinet and double bass wall infuses warmth and makes the world well. Gorgeous standout "Steady as She Goes" picks up right where the opener leaves off, with Yorkston alternating between a confessional talky Arab Strap voice and a falsetto that drifts evocatively around strings, mandolins, a weepy harmonica, and train-like brushed drums. He returns to spoken word delivery with the slow-burning and spooky "The Brussels Rambler" and the autobiographical "Woozy with Cider," where he wonders aloud if his music will eventually make him rich over an organic pastiche reminiscent of Steve Reich. The influence and hands of Webb and Brown are omnipresent, particularly in the spare plucking of "Orgiva Song," which suggests the meeting place of Bert Jansch and Mark Hollis. Just as he brought an experimental, modern touch to his collaborative work with Beth Gibbons, Webb helps Yorkston here to straddle multiple genres, from indie rock to introspective jazz all in a base of traditional acoustic folk. The album is a brittle, introspective affair, but it's brimming with perfectly timed moments of emotional release, beautiful atmosphere courtesy of Webb's masterful oversight, expert folk playing, and Yorkston's rich voice, poetic delivery, and unerring songwriting. It's simultaneously cool yet soul-revealing, sparse yet full, experimental yet grounded, and mournful yet uplifting. The Year of the Leopard is James Yorkston at his very best. ~ Tim DiGravina

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