Eventually we all run into situations in which we must look ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves individually, “What would Morrissey do?”
The Yaks’ answer to this question was the 2005 single “I Lied,” which followed up the Spring 2005 release of the album "In Vain." And yes, we do believe that Morrissey would want the BeeGees on backing vocals.
Work soon began in the following weeks on the tracks "You Don't Know Me" and "Empty Room.”
That fall, drummer Steve Glover and guitarist Dave Lawson collaborated on a dozen other instrumental jams. These formed the basis for the eleven remaining songs that appear on the album "Slap."
This is how we’d describe the new music.
“I Like the Way” is the second single from “Slap” and is also the disc’s opening track. The video can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VoMssJdtxE
Dominant ninth chords glide over an urban beat as the Yaks flirt with the listener.
The second track, “I Lied,” is described above.
“Avalanche” is Led Zeppelin with Wes Montgomery in place of Jimmy Page.
“Fast Asleep” is our favorite track. Yawning vocals ride a bed of percussion in 6/4 time.
“Empty Room” is Portishead and Federico Abuele. If you think about it, it’s the album’s happiest song.
“Wake You Up” is the antidote to the previous two tracks.
“Passing the Time” comes from the realization that waking up wasn’t all that urgent in the first place. It is nice to feel the wind in your hair, but we shave our heads.
“Girl Is Pretty” anticipates going out (and more importantly, going home) with The Lovely Lady. Beck could have included the song and video (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37iR5Sd7nkU)
on "The Information."
“Just Lovely” is about her, especially now that he has wined and dined her. A solid relaxed groove ballad.
In “Looking For You,” are the singer and the cowboy the same person? Explain. We invite your comments. Someone said the cowboy was Tom Petty, but no one likes a smart aleck.
“Goodbye For Now” is about camp. In many ways similar to “Just Lovely,” but more melancholy.
“My Mouth Shut” is an excuse for scruffy, shufflin’ blues.
“Ever Since” is an ethereal poem, even with its simple two guitars/bass/drums/vocals instrumentation.
“You Don’t Know Me” is a satisfyingly angry grind, complemented by Elaine Kreston’s cello sampled from The Yaks’ 2005 recording “Soul Waits (see cdbaby.com/cd/yaks).”
You’ll hear other things in addition, but that’s a quick synopsis. Don’t forget that half of the proceeds are being donated to Vallejo High student activities. Buy the disc and Yak out.