Route To The Harmonium, The
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James Yorkston will release his new album 'The Route to the Harmonium!'
Produced by Yorkston and David Wrench, it is James' first solo record since 2014's 'Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society' (CRAWS) and follows the two collaborative albums he made as one third of Yorkston/Thorne/Khan as well as the release of his debut novel Three Craws in 2016.
It was almost entirely recorded by James himself, in the small Scottish fishing village of Cellardyke where he lives. James' studio is a ramshackle old loft space, once used to repair fisherman's nets. Having created hours of recordings, James called up his old collaborator David Wrench - the mixer and producer who has worked with the likes of Caribou, Four Tet, FKA Twigs and David Byrne - and someone who has worked on James' albums since 2003 – to help make sense of the sessions.
The Route to the Harmonium (or, 'a route to finding harmony') is intensely personal. Listen closely and you can imagine him piecing it together. Overlaying vocal and guitar tracks. Friends and family, past and present, those that have remained and those who have left – they swim all over his songs.
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- 1. Your Beauty Could Not Save You
- 2. The Irish Wars of Independence
- 3. Like Bees to Foxglove
- 4. Shallow
- 5. The Blue of the Thistle
- 6. My Mouth Ain't No Bible
- 7. Solitary Islands All
- 8. The Villages I Have Known My Entire Life
- 9. Oh Me, Oh My
- 10. Brittle
- 11. Yorkston Athletic
- 12. A Footnote to an Epitaph