Olden Yolk is a New York-based group whose penchant for dystopian folk, abstract poeticism, and motorik rhythms have enveloped them in a sound uniquely of-the-moment yet simultaneously time-tested. The project is currently led by songwriters, vocalists, and multi-instrumentalists Shane Butler and Caity Shaffer, whose interlaced vocals are found guiding each composition on their enlivening self-titled debut. The project was initially conceived in 2012 by Butler as an outlet for one-off songs and visual art while touring and releasing albums with the band Quilt (Mexican Summer). Following the release of a split-record with Weyes Blood in 2014, Olden Yolk became a collaborative entity.
Their debut full-length, slated for release in February 2018 (Trouble in Mind), ruminates on questions surrounding love, self-doubt, and locating autonomy amidst burgeoning unrest. Wrought with hazy melancholy and halcyon joy, Butler and Shaffer’s lilting vocals play off one another through a devotional dialogue, taking form in haunting choral melodies and candid rock n' roll. These songs are ecstatic odes to the life of the city; to the subway platforms, kiosks, and monuments which enliven and encompass our collectivity, elevating into an urban-psychedelia.
On the album, Butler and Shaffer are joined by drummer Dan Drohan (Tei Shi, Uni Ika Ai) and guitarist Jesse DeFrancesco who round out the studio sessions and live-band. Drohan’s deep passion for jazz, hip-hop, and experimental percussion come to fore while Defrancesco’s minimal yet powerful guitar ambiences are heard swelling in the peripheries of each song. The album was recorded at Gary’s Electric in NYC by Jarvis Taveniere (Woods) with co-production, electronics, and mixing by Jon Nellen (Ginla, Terrible Records). Other guests, such as multi-instrumentalist John Andrews (Woods, Quilt, The Yawns) and violinist Jake Falby (Mutual Benefit, Julie Byrne), add to the mercurial nature of the record, creating a landscape tinged with beatific songwriting and transgressive underpinnings.
Meggie Brown has announced details of the release of her debut single, ‘Coming Back Again’, available on streaming platforms now and via SoundCloud here.
Produced by Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos at Edwyn Collins’ studio in Helmsdale, in the Scottish Highlands, the song is darkly upbeat, whilst speaking of themes of paranoia and the surreal headspace of others’ addictions.
One of the capital’s most exciting newcomers, Meggie Brown’s first recording is a culmination of rehearsals in a windowless room in a North London warehouse, doubling as a shared bedroom, with pedals cluttering the floor and lyrics on brown paper covering the walls - a seemingly fitting setting considering the song’s subject matter.
Meggie Brown recently introduced herself via sarcastic and slightly unhinged live performances across the capital – the result of the unorthodox relationship between Meggie and her strange family of a band.
They rehearsed every day in a lived-in and dimly lit attic studio, where the speakers picked up radio frequencies and the dog sensed a haunted presence in the corner. It was at this mansion that they played their first show, followed by a party that hosted 400 people under red lighting, all dressed in black and white – which subsequently resulted in their eviction.
Marine grew between the gaps in the concrete of the city, with four very different stories. Intuitive beats that make you want to move, bass hypnosis that playfully counters melody, with a deep love of contrast - two vocals which braid together over hooky guitar lines into a complex plait of old and new, understated and operatic, light and dark. The songs of Marine crystallised from mythology and fables, mingling with personal words and emotions to form tales of the ordinary and not ordinary. Their songs have referenced the underworld, Seal demons, mighty Kraken, werewolves, witches and gods.... even questioning the very nature of storytelling itself.
Marine have been running their own show in their own way, touring Europe and the UK quickly building a cult following in Berlin and London, flogging countless handmade CDs and artwork. Following dynamite shows at Secret Garden Party, Shambala and more, singles spun on BBC6, and highlighted in Major and Independent magazines along the way, momentum is building. They swim deeper into their concept and are proud to present their Debut album which was recorded at Grand Chapel Studios with a producer they greatly admire; Rob Ellis (Anna Calvi, PJ Harvey, Cold Specks). It is due for release in February 2018 through The Vinyl Factory.
What is so striking is how each girl's unique character brings surprising twists and turns into the music. The conviction of the sound they make live is both wild and elegant - four musicians who play straight to your gut from the heart.