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JAMES YORKSTON releases new album 'The Route To The Harmonium', produced by Yorkston and DAVID WRENCH. It's his first solo record since 2014's 'Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society (CRAWS)', and follows the two collaborative albums as YORKSTON/THORNE/KHAN, and the release of his debut novel 'Three Craws' in 2016.
LISTEN TO NEW SONG 'My Mouth Ain't No Bible' - one of three thrilling spoken-word pieces on the record. Yorkston interplays as two competing voices, one of himself and the other a lost musician friend who was unable to prevent self-destruction.
The album was almost entirely recorded by James himself in the small Scottish fishing village of Cellardyke where he lives. He then called up his old collaborator David Wrench to help make sense of the sessions (mixer and producer who has worked with the likes of Caribou, Four Tet, Frank Ocean, FKA Twigs, David Byrne).
'The Route To The Harmonium' (or 'the search for peace') is intensely personal - it's the sound of home, of undisturbed craftsmanship. Overlaying vocal and guitar tracks, dulcitones, harmoniums and autoharps, with nyckelharpa - the distinctive Swedish stringed instrument given to him by a friend. Friends and family, past and present, swim all over his songs. Remembering them and those you've shared life with, those who leave and those who remain, is the strongest thread running through these affecting, extraordinary songs.
"I guess, as a musician and writer, I find myself reacting to what goes on around. So this album is about life, the life that carries on around me. There's family, place and being away from family that the life of a touring musician brings.. But there's also reference to friends departed - the hows, the whys - when a friend jumps ship it's always a haymaker to the gut, you know? And this album is about them, but it's more about us, us who are left behind.."