Wild Pink
Yolk in the Fur


4.5
superb

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
July 22nd, 2018 | 125 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Humbly majestic and free-flowing

From the top of Burger Hill, I see
Smoke that leaves through the chimneys
The world is untouched and set free
The way it was meant to be

With Yolk in the Fur, Wild Pink have crafted their most unassuming and naturally beautiful album. As tracks bleed together like tributaries, acoustic guitars ring out with an unbridled, astral splendor. Drums pound at the dirt with a rustic sense of Americana. It’s an aesthetically beautiful record set poignantly in motion by front man John Ross’s universally relatable lyrics. Shimmering without ever bidding for grandeur, it’s a gem laying in bay shallows eagerly awaiting discovery.

“We were the only ones in a pre-natal snow globe”, Ross recites atop the pastoral acoustics of opener ‘Burger Hill’ – “When our time's up we'll pass through, like the wind blows through the trees.” This is the kind of vivid language that spans Yolk , each metaphor giving off its own soft, inviting glow. At times the passion bubbles over, like when Ross draws out his words while singing “I’m with you” on the title track, or on the gorgeous ballad ‘Love Is Better’, where he plainly states, “you always find a way to make what you do beautiful.” Ross’s voice has that romanticized classic rock feel – something not all that far removed from Tom Petty or Jackson Browne. Even on ‘Lake Erie’ – an ode to outgrowing your past – he waxes poetic, “all you ever wanted…was the one you love the most not to suddenly leave.” That’s Yolk – this highly emotional experience that ebbs and flows with elements of both nature and humanity.

Musically, Yolk in the Fur recalls more modern acts. The War on Drugs comes to mind immediately, with both artists sharing iridescent guitar work and upbeat percussion. ‘Lake Erie’ offers the most obvious comparison, consisting of the sort of glammed up Springsteen-rock-meets-Dylan-prose that Granduciel churns out regularly. Wild Pink tends to go back to the creative well more often, however. They add moving strings to an already poignant ‘Jewels Drossed in the Runoff’, crafting a sweepingly elegant, Earth-mover of a ballad. They also prove that inspiration doesn’t have to come in the form of twinkling indie tropes or retro-rock worship; the six minute ‘Seance On St. Augustine St.’ culminates in a gritty electric guitar solo, accompanied by waves of crashing percussion. Yolk is a melting pot of inspiration both past and present, making it difficult to plainly define the style that Wild Pink espouses.

Yolk in the Fur is a statement album. It’s an experience that flows effortlessly, combining a glistening, guitar-driven atmosphere with romantically-charged lyrics that make the whole thing nearly impossible to resist. Yolk is not an album for big choruses or hooks; it’s more of a destination to exhale and sink into – this lustrous indie-rock platform with a soft, emotional core. It’s the kind of album that feels equally appropriate whether you’re declaring your love or spending a solitary night tucked away within your own thoughts...and there will always be a place in the world for music like that.

When our time's up
We'll carry on
Like smoke after the fire's gone





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SowingSeason
Moderator
July 22nd 2018


29173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really hope I did this justice (a bit brief compared to my usual review length). It's a stunning indie-rock/americana album and I think it will catch on around this site.

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luci
July 22nd 2018


10559 Comments


so many 4.5s sowing

SowingSeason
Moderator
July 22nd 2018


29173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Some were 4.4's and 4.3's. ;)

FreddieDelaney31
July 22nd 2018


5134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been really interested in listening to this, now I'm sold

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SowingSeason
Moderator
July 22nd 2018


29173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You should try it Freddie it's beautiful. I know I'm the staff who cried 4.5 but it's always genuine :-)

Darius the Great
July 22nd 2018


19442 Comments


I cant wait until he cries 1.0

SowingSeason
Moderator
July 22nd 2018


29173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's happened. Rarely. I'm an overwhelmingly positive listener.

grandfather
July 22nd 2018


155 Comments


Glad this got the review it deserves. Underrated band, so glad they're touring with Restorations. Perfect fit

Atari
Staff Reviewer
July 22nd 2018


24074 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Restorations rule and I love their new song



Also really liking this so far!

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Darius the Great
July 22nd 2018


19442 Comments


But can we see the time you vehemently cried 1.0
@sowingseason

Faraudo
July 22nd 2018


2552 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Holy shit this is very good.

SowingSeason
Moderator
July 22nd 2018


29173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^confirmation is good since no one takes my ratings seriously anymore!

RadicalEd
July 22nd 2018


9414 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

rly nice. Very War on Drugsesque. Love your review.

Atari
Staff Reviewer
July 22nd 2018


24074 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Opening track is so damn good

SowingSeason
Moderator
July 22nd 2018


29173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah that's my second favorite. Only one that tops it is Jewels Drossed in the Runoff

Kaiwaz
July 22nd 2018


8081 Comments


This is pretty good.

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schoonda
July 22nd 2018


1482 Comments


Haha somehow I'd knew as soon as I clicked on this it'd be another 4.5+ Sowing review. Will check

SowingSeason
Moderator
July 22nd 2018


29173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You can usually tell by the tagline. If the summary gratuitously makes use of imagery and/or contains lyrical quotes, it's an 80 percent chance or higher it's me.

Hawks
July 22nd 2018


66661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Gotta hear this.

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ComeToDaddy
July 22nd 2018


1778 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah this is lovely, about 3/4 through it right now. I really enjoy the way he tries to mix up the pace/style and keep it interesting. Even if some of the experiments fall flat (most notably There Is A Ledger) and his voice is a bit plain, it's pretty great and seems like it'll have good replay value



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