Yeti Love “Yeti Love”

I was recently listening to and reading up on old Folk music from the 60s. You know, Bob Dylan (for one popular example) Buffy Sainte-Marie, all that good stuff. I never loved these artists, hell I barely like them – I’ve mentioned in past articles I prefer late 60s/70s folk artists like Neil Young and Crosby, Stills & Nash – but the music and the message sure was different back then. Understandably because times were completely different then they are now. Even the mentioned Neil Young and CSN were different from those times. Then fast forward a few decades to when Mumford & Sons came out, then further changed folk music as we know it. I don’t really have a point here, I’m more just thinking out loud at how folk rock went from Bob Dylan to Mumford and while the message has changed, people still enjoy it and open up doors for artists like Yeti Love.

Yeti Love is made up of three men, Peter James Hamilton, Dave Sears and Julian Eccleston. Two acoustic guitars, a bass guitar and a bass drum, though on their self titled album, the bass guitar isn’t really present, but other instruments are at times, such as harmonica. Some of the songs are pretty traditional folk rock, like opening track Old Man (no not a Neil Young cover, though that would have been cool) with its slow serious sound and its dual acoustic guitars which fill up the speakers surprisingly well. Then there is the much faster Lonely Road which has a much faster beat (assisted by the bass drum.) The song still sounds as serious as Old Man, but does a terrific job at differentiating itself.

The album is made up of a bunch of other songs similar to these. Switchblade Angels has a great slow finger picked intro to it that I enjoy while Saints of White Lines has an upbeat feel to it, with a much happier sound than the songs that have come before it. Ollos Do Sol (All For The Best You’ll See) has some fantastic guitar playing found toward the middle of the song while the title track Yeti Love introduces a banjo to the bands slow and serious sound. Stones brings one last slow serious song before the albums closing track. On this track, the guitar chords are replaced by finger picking, which adds a great effect to the slightly more dramatic sound the song takes on.

Blood On Her Hands has a country sound to it, thanks to the harmonica that’s played and its faster beat, making it sound unlike anything on the album. While Deep is as slow and serious as the rest of the album has been up to its point, it is also different from the rest of the album because it features a full drum set being played. Every good folk album needs at least one of these.

Despite being another full slow acoustic song, the closing track Dear John (We’re Human) is a little different from the rest of the album because it isn’t as serious and isn’t as dark. It sounds more inspiring than anything else on the album and it gets gradually louder as the song goes on. It is a standard closing track though, as the chorus is repeated again and again while as the song gets louder and louder.

While Yeti Love is nothing new, I can’t necessarily think of any other artists that they sound like. I think there is some good song writing here present. I enjoy a lot of the lyrics, but not necessarily all of them, and I’m surprised at how an acoustic album can manage to not sound the same all the way through.

ALBUM HIGHLIGHT

Saints of White Lines” –­ It’s rather upbeat sound makes the song a pleasure to listen to. It still has a dark undertone to it to give listeners an idea of what the band is about, while giving them a nice catchy tune to show that the band has a few tricks up their sleeve.

FINAL RATING

7 (Out of 10)

Track List:

1

Old Man

Yeti Love

4:37

2

Lonely Road

Yeti Love

3:05

3

Switchblade Angel

Yeti Love

4:22

4

Saints of White Lines

Yeti Love

4:46

5

Blood On Her Hands

Yeti Love

2:27

6

Ollos Do Sol (All for the Best You’ll See)

Yeti Love

5:18

7

Yeti Love

Yeti Love

2:46

8

Deep

Yeti Love

4:00

9

Stones

Yeti Love

3:07

10

Dear John (We’re Human)

Yeti Love

4:06

 

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