Yawning Man
Macedonian Lines


3.7
great

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
June 14th, 2019 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Live jams caught on tape...

This decade has been a prolific one for Yawning Man, releasing 4 records in between extensive touring. On last year’s Revolt Against Tired Noises, we witnessed a rejuvenation, the trio sounding tighter and more focused. The chemistry between Mario Lalli, Gary Arce and Bill Stinson got better with each passing year, so the results had a similar trajectory. I didn’t expect to hear new material so soon, but here is Macedonian Lines, a short (31 minutes) yet sweet affair, boasting all of the group’s lovely trademarks.

This batch of songs was conceived on tour, taking shape from several jams played and ultimately finished in the studio. Although less wandering than usual, we can hear some beautifully blended variations of the Yawning Man formulas. The book ending cuts are the longest, offering everything we can expect from the band. ‘Virtual Funeral’ shares a deep, speaker-piercing bass line, over which Arce plays lush arpeggios. The sweet sound gently flows like a soft breeze towards your ears. Meanwhile, ‘I Make Weird Choices’ starts like a late night ditty with chunky bass chords and echoed guitar leads. It gradually grows to a dreamy “chorus”, whereas the coda takes its cues from post rock aesthetics. The middle stretch, however, shares some interesting, shorter cuts, where the guys rely on their instant effect on the listener. The approach is similar, as the bass & drum interplay clearly drive things forward, leaving Gary to roam freely for the majority of the song. The title track unfolds a playful guitar line that transitions to a rarely heard power chord progression. The powerful notes are a welcomed addition, ‘I’m Not a Real Indian (But I Play One on TV)’ further adding some lower end guitar grooves to the record as well. The well-rounded production helps considerably, offering each instrument its place up front. ‘Bowie’s Last Breath’ & ‘Melancholy Sadie’ benefit significantly from this, as there are less to no overdubs to enhance the sonic foundation. Still, it's the smooth rhythm and Yawning Man's laid back, warm tones creating half of the lovely atmosphere. Their experience shows how easily they can craft a good tune.

Overall, Macedonian Lines (whose title probably refers to the country’s border and the lined up refugees the band saw and passed nearby on their tour last summer - I randomly stumbled over this information online) is another very enjoyable Yawning Man LP, mainly portraying their passion for music. On the upside, the distortion levels are higher this time around, creating a more suspenseful and dense listen. Nevertheless, it could’ve been a tad longer and slightly richer in details to stand up there with their classic albums. Even so, this affair's improvised nature (close to Historical Graffiti's origins) confirms their status as one of the most gifted bands of the genre out there. Few others possess their musical prowess and gorgeous chemistry.




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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 14th 2019


4806 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

It's a Yawning Man album, so those familiar with their sound should know what to expect. There are some lovely songs as usual, check it out! Coincidentally, the front cover artwork belongs to a friend of mine from my hometown.



'Macedonian Lines' (video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFjHZA1Oo7A

Stream/buy here - http://heavypsychsoundsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/yawning-man-macedonian-lines

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MrSirLordGentleman
June 14th 2019


12515 Comments


This band should be bigger on Sputnik

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 15th 2019


4806 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

They should be bigger worldwide

AcidCaravan
June 15th 2019


448 Comments


"They should be bigger worldwide" Preach. And Fatso Jetson were amazing too.


insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 15th 2019


4806 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Fatso Jetson should release a new album, it's been a while since Idle Hands.

RunOfTheMill
June 17th 2019


3980 Comments


Wasn't expecting something so soon from these guys! Although their recent material has mostly been in the form of jam sessions more than anything, but that is how Yawning Man do

Very nice review Raul

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 17th 2019


4806 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Thanks! No matter what their approach is, they can do no wrong haha

Pajolero
June 19th 2019


1077 Comments


If there's one band I'm gonna regret not seeing before I die it's Yawning Man

Digging: Freddie Gibbs and Madlib - Bandana

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 19th 2019


4806 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

They are really nice live. If you're in Europe, they have just started an extensive tour. You might have a chance to catch them somewhere.

Pajolero
June 20th 2019


1077 Comments


Yeah, I just saw the dates on their website. Not sure if I can make it though.. Hopefully they'll do another run next summer.

Ebola
June 23rd 2019


3606 Comments


listened to this stoned last night and it blew my mind



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