Olden Yolk, the New York-based group led by songwriters, vocalists, and multi-instrumentalists Shane Butler (of Quilt) and Caity Shaffer, are set to release their self-titled debut album on February 23rd via Trouble In Mind. After presenting “Takes One To Know One,” the band now shares “Vital Sign” with an accompanying video directed by Butler and Shaffer.
“‘Vital Sign represents two sides of a coin,” explain Butler and Shaffer. “It references feelings of isolation and paranoia felt during periods of illness and confinement, as well as the emergence from such an experience, in recognition of the trials that bind us (“it could have been you too”). The song begins with a reflective moment which quickly reaches a breaking point, accentuated by screeching strings and bellowing background vocals.”
Olden Yolk is a 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 interlaced vocals of Butler and Shaffer 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.
Olden Yolk will play a record release show at Union Pool in NYC on February 24th. John Andrews & The Yawns will open. Full list of tour dates below.
Watch Olden Yolk’s “Vital Sign” Video:
Olden Yolk Tour Dates:
Sat. Feb 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Sat. Feb 24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
Sat. March 3 – Boston, MA @ Lilypad
Thu. March 29 – London, UK @ Café Oto