Glasgow quartet Yakima have been steadily developing their sound through the release of a handful of ltd single releases and are now finally ready to bring their debut EP “Go Virtually” into the world. In their relatively short gestation period, they’ve shared bills with the likes of Swimming Tapes, Pottery, and played the first ever YALA! Records night to be held in Glasgow. Today, they share lead single “It Helped” which is premiering at CLASH here.
“It Helped” features the production and vocals of Benji Compston and Jon EE Allan of Happyness. Bassist and vocalist Neil McArthur comments on the track; “It Helped was initially about trying to curb smoking cigarettes but with a lapse of time, it appears it could be about anything really. Could quite easily be about toe sucking. Maybe it is. It definitely is.”
Writing and recording their debut EP – with production coming from Benji Compston and Jon EE Allan of acclaimed band, Happyness – it was in the unusual setting of a drafty gatehouse next to a nearby castle (with a ceiling made entirely of spider webs) that the band put the tracks down. It was a setting that was sure to set imaginations running wild – and so it proved. For Yakima, their music is a vessel though which the worlds of reality, perception, imagination and observation all come to be blurred. Woozy lo-fi lullabies and melodic hazes turn from sepia to multi-colour and back again in an instant, as they toy with the often-complex relationship between what’s right in front of you and what’s in your mind. It binds ear-worm melodies to often bleak character analyses.