Yawning Man
Rock Formations


4.5
superb

Review

by David Foster Wallace USER (72 Reviews)
June 29th, 2010 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The soundtrack to getting baked in the desert with the sun basking away at your body.

Yawning Man are quite possibly the founders of the Palm Desert stoner rock scene. They Began in 1985 and released two demos, but it took them 20 years to release a debut full-length. They are arguably one of the most important bands to hail out of Palm Desert, with constant praise from other artists of that scene and even having one of their songs being covered on a Kyuss album. Rock Formations is an astounding debut that shows you just how good the Palm Desert scene was and still is.

Musically, Rock Formations is instrumental stoner rock. It's similar to Karma To Burn, but lighter and airier. Since it's just two reverb-soaked guitars, bass and drums, all of the instruments have a chance to stand out. You get a nice, mildly distorted bass tone that plays constant rhythmic grooves. You get pounding, hard-hitting percussion courtesy of Alfredo Hernandez of Kyuss and Brant Bjork fame. and you get surf-influenced trippy guitar playing that sounds like the light of the sun basking on the desert. It almost feels like they recorded the album in the middle of Palm Desert itself. It's well produced but it feels raw like a 60's Rock 'N' Roll album. This is the soundtrack to getting baked in the sun with your back up against a chair and a trailer providing shade from the back.

The album has a major surf-rock influence. You can practically hear the sounds of Dick Dale's raw and dirty guitar work being channeled into the members of Yawning Man's minds while they record these trippy songs. Everything is locked into a mid-paced, groove with most of the songs being from 3-6 minutes long. Sometimes you get lost in a trance just listening to it. I must say though, this album does have one problem and that is being too repetitive. The same riffs and notes are played over and over again until they are firmly set into your brain. However, Yawning Man make up for this with catchy riffs and some of the best grooves in history.

Yawning Man are a criminally underrated band and were very important to the Palm Desert scene. It's a shame that many have forgotten about them now, as they released a second LP just this year actually. I advise anyone interested in this scene that i'm talking about to go and check these guys out immediately. Overall a 4.5/5

yawning man-rock formations
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Urinetrouble
June 29th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

sorry if the review doesn't make too much sense. i've been reading pitckfork for the first time today and it snuck in to my writing. i love this album so frickin' much

deadsye
June 29th 2010


31 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album really needed a review and it has one now...and a good one at that.

Check out Yawning Sons' "Ceremony To The Sunset", if you haven't already.

Urinetrouble
June 29th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

i found out their birth of sol album, after years of delay, is finally on itunes. its their two demo tapes from 1986 and 87

Urinetrouble
July 17th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

thanks and also im now sputniks stoner rock expert

Urinetrouble
July 17th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

agreedizzle

Urinetrouble
July 17th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

i need some more niggaz in dis thred

Urinetrouble
July 17th 2010


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

did you listen to this at all

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 17th 2010


7421 Comments


At least you've got some response. I didn't get any when I reviewed the last Fatso Jetson album. Stoner rock is ashamedly not even considered a seperate genre by this site.

Digging: Dope Body - Lifer

Duderino
November 17th 2011


827 Comments


this album is good

CaptainDooRight
April 5th 2012


29966 Comments


sexy album

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Urinetrouble
April 5th 2012


5764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

finally you fags are jamming this

StallionMang
April 9th 2013


5834 Comments


Holy crap-oly. Listening to this right now, what a brain-melter.

Digging: LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

Mad.
September 8th 2013


3981 Comments


Pretty groovy, relaxed stuff. Nothing's hit me as outstanding yet though

conesmoke
November 10th 2013


5241 Comments


Great review man. I got this in the mail today. I'm digging the bass work quite a lot.

Mad.
November 11th 2013


3981 Comments


Good stuff but the guitar tone gets slightly repetitive and the artwork isn't great, I prefer the Vista Point artwork - you need some beautiful scenery to stare into while listening to this album

conesmoke
November 12th 2013


5241 Comments


looking at some million year old rock formations is contemplative at the very least. These guys are actually quite shoegazey, the clearest this is shown here would probs be 'sonny bono memorial freeway'

conesmoke
November 12th 2013


5241 Comments


Wow rocks!
many yawnings
such man.


Mad.
November 12th 2013


3981 Comments


Wow yawning
Stones very
Man many

StallionMang
November 12th 2013


5834 Comments


Such yawn
Very rock
Wow

Mad.
November 12th 2013


3981 Comments


such
very
man



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