Review: Yolke – Syrup

Those crazy Yolke guys from Australia, promise to serve up “cosmic cheese platters and squelching synth hors d’oeurves” on their second EP ‘Syrup’. An elaborate and eye-catching description maybe but once which almost cheapens the quality of the tunes within since this is electronic music of depth and distinction.

Yolke EP Cover

The title track is the first example of their stellar dreampop. It veers between Boards Of Canada-style psychedelia and the brasher, colourful likes of Black Moth Super Rainbow. ‘Good Rings’ rides in on the crest of a wave of warm bass rhythms with some perfectly judged, world-weary vocals adding a lazy calm to the summery, vibrant feel of the song. It is arguably the outstanding moment but one has to acknowledge their overall greatness. ‘Tough Times’ is a moody counterpoint to the euphoria of ‘Golden Rings’, ‘rushH’ adds layer upon layer of lush electronica (guitar, alien-like noises and plenty of those promised “squelching synths” for good measure) whereas ‘Wedgetail’ experiments with swinging jazz and baroque pop.

The six tracks on ‘Syrup’ are wonderfully melodic and rhythmic and there’s a real feeling of sadness when this glorious twenty-two minutes of music is over. It’s kaleidoscopic, psychedelically-infused electronica and makes a fine companion to Giraffage’s superb 2011 album, ‘Comfort’.

Web Sites:
Yole Artist Page on Fallopian Tunes
Bandcamp Stream for Yolke – ‘Syrup’

Further Listening:
Black Moth Super Rainbow, Giraffage

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