[tags: folk, slowcore, slow alternative, single, FREE, 2009]
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Play On The Weekend’s Sunny Days (from Play On The Weekend’s Sunny Days (Single)) download it!
Woman Of The House Thought As Much (from Play On The Weekend’s Sunny Days (Single)) download it!
What do you expect from a band that describes its own style as melancholic acoustic folk, bombastic rock/pop and steamtrain thrash-blues grunge? Well…at least something memorable. I’m honest, I never heard of the Scottish band Y’all Is Fantasy Island and I don’t know one of their outputs. But as far as I can tell, they released 3 full length recordings in 2008 and currently work on a new record that would be number six in their catalog. Not bad and a lot of music to discover. I started listening to them just yesterday as I accidently found their free two track single Play On The Weekend’s Sunny Days – and what can I tell you – it’s folk at its finest.
Track one, the title track, is a great piece of atmospheric guitar melody driven folk with indie like vocals and some nice background melodies. Exactly the right track you want to play on a gloomy afternoon. The sad voice really don’t encourage you to play this on a weekends sunny day – certainly not. It’s more of a soundtrack to accompany you while having melancholic feelings. Even though I called the track a folk song it isn’t just guitars and vocals, there are additional drums and cello? (maybe it’s a synthesizer). Nevertheless, great folksy atmosphere and a track you really should check out.
The digital b-side of the single draws a completely different picture, not in mood, but in motive. And I can’t get the description from the label’s page out of my head: Woman Of The House Thought As Much “is creepy like a walk up an icy path with zero visability.” Even though I can’t really find any icy atmosphere, I surely say, that this track would have been a great track for slow alternative gods Low. Over nine minutes the song slowly leads you straight into nowhere. And if you have a crush on Low and slow alternative music, you will love this track as much as I do, what means you will just adore it. What can one say, minimalistic guitars melodies and fragments with some percussion sounds and the hell of a great feeling for the right tone of voice. I wish I’d discovered this single back when it was released at the end of 2009 – would have made my recommendations list for sure.
If you didn’t download the single already, just click here and get your 13 minutes of daily excitement. And if you want, visit the band on MySpace (and listen to some tracks of a very different shade). I can’t wait for the full length to present to you.