Yves Klein Blue: Draw Attention To Themselves
Having been avidly consuming new music for the best part of 50 years, the most important thing I’ve learned to my advantage is that it is unreasonable to expect every new release to be fantastically original or ground-breaking.
It can be very tiresome to find that one’s latest rave sound is, for the next 9 months, the only style that mainstream radio is interested in and that all breaking music seems to be a pale imitation of what was originally a great fresh departure for popular music.
On the other hand, it is very satisfying when one hears a record that indicates its creators have done some spade work and have mined some of the rich abandoned seams of musical gold. [How’s that for a metaphor?]
This is just what I think that Brisbane’s Yves Klein Blue have been doing in developing their mini-album (to) ‘Draw Attention To Themselves.’
It’s a hugely nostalgic trip down the quirkier long and winding roads of rock and pop history. I hear echoes of vicarious vanishing voices such as The Kinks, Jonathan Richman, Tom Waits and The Streets to name but a few.
At the same time the album sounds bang upto the minute – very twenty-first century. I can’t fault it.
I look forward to hearing more from this band – maybe they’ll even end up with a sound that’s identifiably their own. Meanwhile they can dig up a few more skeletons as far as I’m concerned.
I’m told YKB are appearing at Brighton’s ‘Great Escape’ later this year. Anyone wanna get me a ticket?….please!