Release Date: Feb 22, 2019
Record label: Domino
Genre(s): Folk, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk, British Folk
It's been nearly 15 years since James Yorkston engaged the services of Kieran Hebden and released Just Beyond the River. His second, breakthrough and widely considered best album. It's an interesting way to consider it, however, as you could easily argue Yorkston still hasn't really broken through or is even particularly widely considered at all. He's lived a life and career as steady as his music, and that's far from criticism.
While Fife singer-songwriter James Yorkston's first few albums on Domino, beginning with 2002's Moving Up Country, speak of the various complications that come with falling in and out of love, of friendship and the struggles of youth, his last few records have dealt with unforgiving illnesses that threaten and take life, and of the darkness of the soul that death leaves behind. "For I am as brittle as the next man," he sings on Brittle, acknowledging the human frailty that comes about as a result of experiences in later life. The Route To The Harmonium suggests a wiser, more mature Yorkston is emerging. The Scottish songsmith's first solo album in five years is well worth the wait.
In the five intervening years between 2014's Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society and its follow-up, The Route to the Harmonium, James Yorkston recorded two albums as part of the earthy minimalist trio Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, founded an ambitious folk club in his native Fife, and published his ….