Olden Yolk release their self-titled debut album via Trouble in Mind records on February 23rd
The group are a New York based group led by songwriters, vocalists and multi-instrumentalists; Shane Butler and Caity Shaffer. The band have a penchant for dystopian folk, abstract poeticisim and rhythms that can make you feel warm on a winters night and chill in the balmy summer.
The interwoven vocals of Butler and Shaffer combine to make at times bewitching compositions such as 'Common Ground' that enrich the whole album, it makes for a remarkably relevant record but one not ashamed of the bands that came before them from the harmony rich Crosby, Stills and Nash to the contemporary The Honeymoon and Joy Zipper. Try and not listen to that track and feel like you've been whisked away to another plain.
From the swooning 'Gamblers on the Dime' to the epic album closer 'Takes One to Know One' there is something for everyone here; an album full of abstraction but based around the semblance of union and collaboration touching upon themes of identity and memory. While Butler takes many vocal leads, Shaffer shows some good range on her leads on 'Vital Sign' and '
Olden Yolk is released from Trouble in Mind records on Friday 23rd February
My thanks to One Beat Digital PR for the audio link.