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Historical Graffiti

by Yawning Man

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Jamie You guys have to know that this album is a live changing one. It is so inspiring to me and helpt me through very struggeling and bored times. So i can advise this album to everyone. it's a album everyone should heard once.
i heard them live at Lake on Fire and i enjoyed every second.
greetings from
Jamie Fuchs
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Samarium6 Saw this band live and was completely blown away! Incredible performance, was left speechless. See them live if you ever get the chance. Favorite track: The Wind Cries Edalyn.
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yves Only yawning man can put violin and what looks like an accordion in a insanely good desert rock. A full album you can dream with and leave planet earth for peaceful trip. Great album. Favorite track: The Wind Cries Edalyn.
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    Released on August 18, 2016 via Lay Bare Recordings

    Yawning Man are an enigma. The mostly instrumental, part-surf guitar, part-psych, part-desert rock outfit have been in existence for 30 years and are spoken of in hushed tones, for they are credited with helping corrupt the young minds that went on to form Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age. And yet if you didn’t live in Palm Desert, California or repeatedly watch Inside Out, a superb skateboard movie made by Gullwing Trucks in 1988, then you probably didn’t hear their music until at least five years into the 21st century.

    This album is only the band’s third full-length, if you discount the digital release of the Birth of Sol demo collection in 2009 (which in itself is noteworthy because of the inclusion of ‘Catamaran’, which was covered by Kyuss on As the Circus Leaves Town, and ‘Fires of Papa’s Chili’ – both songs were on Inside Out).

    Sure, the band’s members have released other music through off-shoots and side projects, but a Yawning Man album – this is their first for six years – is rare enough to be savoured, like the sighting of a whale on a boat trip.

    The sub-title, The Ion Studio Sessions, comes from the Buenos Aires studio where they recorded it in a single evening while on tour in the Argentinean capital in 2015. It is as laconic, shadowy and spontaneous sounding as Nomadic Pursuits, their previous album, but the band has clearly evolved, with the addition of guest musicians and with a wider palette of inspiration.

    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 the titular connection to the Jimi Hendrix song, it bears no discernible resemblance to ‘The Wind Cries Mary’ and it is a deceptive number; what seems such a simple, almost easy-listening song reveals more colour with every 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. Mario Lalli, the bass player, begins the third song, ‘Naomi Crayola’ with a throbbing single note, aided by Bill Stimson’s metronomic drumming. Imagine if Can grew up near the beach, it’s that sort of vibe. 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.

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    In the midst of the scorching summer heat, desert rock is a natural fit. This type of music was best preserved in the underground and it often gets coined as stoner rock. The Palm Desert scene in Southern California holds a very dear place inside every fan of the respective genre, as it is one of its most prolific areas. In fact, this specific, drug-fueled sound rooted in early psychedelia, hard rock and blues, eventually became the main foundation of the stoner sphere. One difference that still pops up, however, is the Latin influence that has also been adopted in time by multiple bands regardless of location. Many artists hailing from the Mojave Desert such as members of Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age, Karma To Burn, Fatso Jetson, Fu Manchu, Nebula, Masters Of Reality, etc. etc., have become renowned around the world and helped popularize the entire genre. Even if some distanced themselves from it throughout the years, most have retained the musical origins in variable amounts.

    Frankly, I understand why. There's something magic about this place. Whether is the lovely scenery, the quiet setting or simply the star-studded night sky, nobody can deny it. Since those who appreciate it most are the ones born around it, it's only fair that they gave something back to the heartland. Yawning Man are one of the true pioneers of desert rock, forming all the way back in the mid 80s. Their legendary generator parties in the middle of the Mojave Desert attracted lots of teenagers (among them were future Kyuss members - Brant Bjork, Josh Homme and John Garcia too) and inspired multiple acts to come. Even though they haven't produced any official recordings until 2005, they helped shape the stoner genre with their eerie grooves. Two demos recorded in 1986-1987 have circulated among the fans, becoming more like souvenirs of their prolonged jamming out there.

    Their latest LP, Nomadic Pursuits follows the footsteps of previous offerings, Rock Formations and even Pot Head up to some point. While the latter took a darker route, this one harkens back to the summery vibes of the former. These veterans churn several jams that feel more or less rehearsed, focusing mainly on guitar melodies. The most charming tunes here are the dreamiest ones, 'Blue Foam' and 'Camel Tow'. These mesmerizing cuts are definitely essential Yawning Man. Both share swaying grooves where Gary Arce adds lovely licks and solos at his will, while drummer Alfredo Hernandez and bassist Mario Lalli are locked in their own world. Also, album closer, 'Laster Arte' is a late night jam, perfect for a quiet ride home. The distorted bass builds a solid foundation for lovely leads.

    Nevertheless, the band shows they can fasten things a little when they feel like doing so. 'Sand Whip' and 'Ground Swell' feature some thunderous, tribal drumming, topped by deep bass lines and slightly distorted guitars. One of Arce's trademarks, he never breaks into full blown power chords like many guitarists tend to do, thus, only tricking you along the way. The centerpiece, 'Far-Off Adventure' showcases best the balance between him and Lalli. Even if their notes are intertwined, tonally, they never cross each other's path. You can always hear where each one trips, leaving a lot of room for the song itself to breathe. The experience these guys have gathered across the decades shows just how good can jam rock can get when you already anticipate the other's moves.

    The main conclusion is that Yawning Man are one of the unsung heroes that helped shape the desert music (or how they called it, sol music) and later, stoner rock. Luckily for us, after two decades of activity, while also fronting several other projects, they decided to lay to tape their musical journeys. Nomadic Pursuits is a gorgeous record that needs to be experienced by every fan of the genre.

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This very special recording session was done during the band's 2015 South American tour, while in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Yawning Man was invited to record for one evening at the world famous, legendary ION Studios. This session featured guest appearances by Argentenian Tango musicians Sara Ryan on violin, and Adolfo Trepiana on band one on accordion, and Malene Arce on the Mellotron.
An Argentinian newspaper once wrote that the “condensed history of the nations 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; hence, the namesake!
As the largest and most legendary sound studio in Buenos Aires, ION remains one of the most remarkable recording venues in the world. It’s energy is evident in the spontaneous, edgy beauty created by the band in this collaboration of special artists- in a very special place.
This album goes out to all of our good friends (especially ALL who generously donated towards the making of this album on IndieGoGo!), and we thank you all for being so excellent, supportive and loyal. We have given our heart and soul to this recording, and we couldn't have, wouldn't have done it without YOU!!!

*And, to any of you who are new to us, musically or otherwise- we warmly welcome you to our circle of friendship, music, and family! :-)

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released August 18, 2016

Gary Arce : Guitars
Mario Lalli : Bass
Bill Stinson : Drums
Sara Ryan : Violin
Adolofo Trepiana : Bandoneon (accordian)
Malene Arce : Keyboards, Mellotron
Mixed by Mathias Shneeberger
Recorded and engineered by : Leonardo Checheccia at Ion Studios, Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
Cover art, original painting by Yasmin Lamerain


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Yawning Man Palm Desert, California

Yawning Man, who hail from the arid desert area of Southern California, have been playing, jamming, and recording since 1986, and are a highly influential band. Most of their fans and those heavily influenced by them consider them to be 'the originators' of the entire “Desert Rock” movement/genre, and their influence has reigned far and wide across the globe. ... more

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