Release Date: Nov 2, 2018
Record label: Domino
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
It was only with the release of 2015’s West Kirby County Primary album that Bill Ryder-Jones seemed to finally shake off his ‘former member of The Coral‘ status. After leaving the Wirral-based psych-folk-rockers in 2008, Ryder-Jones dabbled in film soundtracks and released a couple of low-key folk-influenced solo records. Then, his third album seemed to elevate him to another level.
Like pensive clouds crawling over a dramatic landscape, Bill Ryder-Jones' songs take time to develop, scattering their various moods and tones along the way. Over the course of three previous solo outings, film scores, and myriad production projects, the mercurial British singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist has honed his mix of rainy day jangle pop and classical influences, producing works of warm sophistication often beset by stormy weather. For the most part, Yawn, his fourth solo release since leaving his post as lead guitarist for the Coral, picks up where 2016's excellent West Kirby County Primary left off, concerning itself with matters of deep self-reflection while gazing just far enough outward to capture the scenes, events, and people existing in Ryder-Jones' penumbra.