Fast rising stars of the UK music scene, London’s Yak have been garnering rapid momentum over the past several months.Their unpredictable gigs and electrifying clutch of studio recordings have earned them a reputation as the most exciting and talked about new act and trio have channelled their ferocious live experience into their debut album Alas Salvation (on their own label Octopus Electrical – via Kobalt). Recorded with Pulp’s Steve Mackey as producer, it’s a wired and ambitious record that refuses to be pigeonholed. Yet beneath all the head-spinning chaos lies a beating heart of great melodicism and a hyperactively eclectic and inventive approach to making music. It’s the band’s first US release since their Third Man Records debut, The No EP. A rollicking swing through CMJ 2015 gave US audiences a taste of what the British have known for a while: 2016 looks set to be the year of the Yak.
Frontman Oli Burslem explains: “I was trying to make it a slightly schizophrenic record that had all these different elements, but had so much of everything that by the end it would all just be lost and everybody would be like, ‘What the hell was that? I don’t know what that was, but I kind of enjoyed it’”.
Today they released a video for the album’s thrillingly relentless opening track “Victorious (National Anthem)”.
Watch it here: http://smarturl.it/yakvictoriousvideo
Pre-Order Alas Salvation: https://yak.lnk.to/album
Alas Salvation Tracklisting:
Victorious (National Anthem)
Harbour The Feeling
Please Don’t Wait For Me