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May 18th, 2013

James Yuill – These Spirits



I first saw James Yuill play his electronic folk (I think people call it that because he uses a laptop AND an acoustic guitar, my use of the description here is rather lazy, sorry) live on a rainy Walled Garden Stage at the Green Man festival, years ago. His energetic, melodic songs with crisp production won the hearts of the sizeable crowd, prompting the most dancing ever seen at a Green Man festival. I’d heard his early songs on Myspace back when it was possible to use Myspace without wanting to throw crockery at walls, you know, before Rupert Murdoch raped it of it’s innocence like he did the British press. Even then Yuill’s ear for a catchy melody was obvious and his half acoustic, half pop electronics only really had the Postal Service as a contemporary.

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Yuill’s sound has changed a little since then, fortunately not to the point of being unrecognisable. These Spirits is once again a collection of painstakingly put together pop songs, most of them could be singles. There are some 90s rave/trance influences now while keeping the elements of folk and folktronica, all without sounding like a mess. Those slower moments of acoustic guitar like the beautiful Carrie, Old Fashioned (which is amazing) and Second Hand Steinway (also amazing) break up the album without ruining the flow, using dynamics as they’re supposed to be used (remember when albums had real dynamics, before mastering wasn’t just a process of making everything as loud as f**king possible? Good times). There is an extra layer of gloss on this album of which some have complained, but it’s cool, he’s an artist trying new shit out. He’s also in the real world, having to compete with the ultra-produced cacophonies you hear on Radio One all day long, with entire tracks ducking to dodge skull shattering kick drums. If you listen to These Spirits and then to that, I think you’ll still hear his DIY roots. Anyway, I really like it, he’s not lost his humanity, his lyrics are still sweet and well crafted and I love the sharp, separated and not overcooked synths. For me it’s absolute perfect music.

 


4.5 out of 5      

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