Reissue of the legendary YAWNING MAN album "Historical Graffiti" on new coloured vinyl!
Gary Arce, the guitarist, seems comfortable sitting on a single vamp throughout the opener "The Wind Cries Edalyn", allowing the additions of violin and bandoleon accordion (played by the tango musicians Sara Ryan and Adolfo Trepiana, respectively) to weave melodies in between. Despite its title's resemblance to Jimi Hendrix's song, it bears no resemblance to "The Wind Cries Mary," and it is a deceptive number; what appears to be a simple, almost easy-listening song, reveals more colour with each listen.
"Her Phantom Finger of Copenhagen" is slightly darker and almost sounds, with the slight distortion on Arce’s guitar, as if it could have come from Pot Head, the EP the band released in 2005. The third song, "Naomi Crayola," begins with a throbbing single note, aided by Bill Stimson's metronomic drumming. It's that sort of vibe. Imagine if Can grew up near the beach. The only problem with the song – and the album, as it happens – is that it is too short.
Ryan’s violin returns in "The Secret Language of Elephants", this time playing the role of keeping the main vamp alive while Arce’s guitar generates an evocative soundscape that opens in your mind a wide, violet sky like that above a desert the moment after the sun disappears for the night.
The closing song and title track is the most free of the five on the album, with Stimson’s beat conjuring memories of Kyuss’s more mellow moments from Welcome to Sky Valley, Lalli’s bass marking the simplest of bottom ends, and Arce having a ball over the top. (taken from the band's Bandcamp)
1. The Wind Cries Edalyn
2. Her Phantom Finger Of Copenhagen
3. Naomi Crayola
4. The Secret Language Of Elephants
5. Historical Graffiti