A collaboration between New York-based songwriters, vocalists and multi-instrumentalists Shane Butler (of Quilt) and Caity Shaffer, Olden Yolk fuse elements of psychedelic folk with the blue poetry of golden-era singer-songwriters. Ege Bamyasi-centric percussion, courtesy of session drummer Dan Drohan, keeps everything moving, giving songs like "Common Ground" and "Takes One To Know One" the constant, pastoral shuffle of the last OCS record--gentle, perpetual motion with the pacifying effect of a long Amtrak ride through the countryside. The overall effect is confusingly familiar but totally new.
Olden Yolk is the self-titled debut of a project led by Quilt co-founder Shane Butler and fellow singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Caity Shaffer. While it explores the same '60s- and '70s-era psychedelic folk territory as Butler's more established band, it does so with an even more remote, soft-focus lens. The duo were joined in the studio by their touring band, guitarist Jesse DeFrancesco and drummer Dan Drohan, a member of dream pop outfit Uni Ika Ai.