Monday, February 12, 2018

Olden Yolk - "Vital Sign"

Photo by Daniel Dorsa
The latest single from Olden Yolk, "Vital Sign," is a little more mainstream than "Takes One to Know One." That's not to say it's not still a little odd, but it's not quite as freak folk based as their previous single. Most of "Vital Sign" stays fairly mainstream neo-folk, although as far to the edge of mainstream that a band can go. Musically, it's straightforward. Vocally, the styling is a bit too monotone like a Nico sung song from The Velvet Underground. The late period Sonic Youth influence is all but missing, until we get to the bridge. That's when the song gets into a strange, high pitched organic feedback sound. It could be a guitar, but it could also be a flute or a harp. I'm not 100% sure, but it adds some intrigue to an already great song.

You can watch the video for "Vital Sign" below. Olden Yolk's debut self-titled album will be out February 23 on Trouble in Mind. You can pre-order a copy here. For more on Olden Yolk, check out their Bandcamp. Their current tour dates are below the video.

Sat. Feb 17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Sat. Feb 24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
Sat. March 3 – Boston, MA @ Lilypad
Thu. March 29 – London, UK @ CafĂ© Oto

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