yawning man Historical Graffiti (LP, £23.50)label: Cobraside
Since 1987 this unique and influential band from the Southern California desert has been leaving their mark on bands such as Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age, and countless other alternative rock musicians making them one of the defining forces in the desert rock scene for over 20 years both in the U.S. and in Europe. Pinning Yawning Man to a specific genre is difficult, letting the music speaks for itself has fans from all over the rock, indy, psyche and alternative spectrum are discovering the passion and dark beauty in Yawning Man's music. Throughout the instrumental cinematic rock landscapes of Yawning Man, the post-Ventures, haunting melodies & composition of guitarist Gary Arce are constantly being stretched, up-ended and sent deep into dark Joy Division territory, by the weird chords and heavy bass grooves of Mario Lalli and drummer Bill Stinson. The result is the kind of brooding and thunderous atmosphere that draws you constantly inward. In this very special recording session done during the bands 2015 South American tour while in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the band was invited to record for one evening at the world famous and legendary ION Studios.The session featured guest appearances by Argentinian tango musicians Sara Ryan on violin and Adolfo Trepiana on bandoneon accordion as well as Malene Arce (wife of Gary Arce) on the Mellotron. An Argentinian newspaper once wrote that the "condensed history of the nation's music" was to be found behind Ion's doors, and they were spot-on with this description. Some of the country's brightest musical legends, such as Astor Piazzolla, have reacted like ions with other musicians, and the energy that was released during this process condensed in the form of numerous classic records.. As the largest and most legendary sound studio in Buenos Aires, Ion remains one of the most remarkable recording venues in the world. Its energy is evident in the spontaneous edgy beauty created by the band in this collaboration of special artists in a very special place.
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