After appearing as a violist on a number of tracks on Radiohead’s new album A Moon Shaped Pool, classically trained Scottish composer Ian Anderson, along with bassist Dave Brown (who performed double bass on A Moon Shaped Pool), recently announced the release of their debut self-titled EP under the band name yllwshrk (Yellow Shark), due for release on 5th August 2016 via Oramic Records and available to pre-order on the yllwshrk Bandcamp page.
yllwshrk have quickly followed this up with the announcement of official single release Northern Soul, out on 22nd July 2016, where the five piece band explore elements of prog, jazz, ambient and rock music, showcasing the full range of their ability to experiment sonically and structurally. The single stream premiered on The Line of Best Fit and is now available to stream on the ABoF Soundcloud page.
Anderson (rhythm guitar) wanted to tap into his impressive musical knowledge by utilising complex ideas taken from classical compositions, relating to form and harmony, with the aim of implementing them within the context of an alt-rock song structure. Reaching out to Brown, whom he met while touring with Jonny Greenwood and the London Contemporary Orchestra, as well as a number of other musician friends, yllwshrk made their live debut at a London gig in January of this year with Sam West (vocals), Matt Isaac (lead guitar) and Feargus Brennan (drums) completing the line-up.
The band headed to Woodworm Studios in Banbury with the aim of recording their first tracks with producer Graeme Stewart (Radiohead, Ash, Zero 7), the session resulting in three exquisitely crafted songs contained on the EP. All three tracks bear the characteristics that Anderson originally set out to instil into the project with complex rhythms and harmonies scattered throughout, taking inspiration from his work with Radiohead, allied to the majestic, vast vocal stylings of West reminiscent of Jeff Buckley. West’s vocals come close to reaching the same range and emotional intensity as the renowned singer/songwriter with the band giving a clear nod to him on the ode ‘Pull Me Under (In Memory of Jeff Buckley)’.
The rest of the record consists of the aforementioned Northern Soul, displaying gorgeous intricate guitar work which is blended beautifully with technically impressive drumming, and ‘Into Her Sleep With Envy’, highlighting another incredible vocal performance by West and drawing comparisons with acts such as Grizzly Bear and Dirty Projectors.
yllwshrk’s self-titled debut EP is out 5th August 2016 via Oramic Records and is available to pre-order on the yllwshrk Bandcamp page, with single Northern Soul out on 22nd July 2016.