Formed in 1986, Yawning Man are the original stoner/desert rock band you may not have heard of but just because ‘you weren’t there, man’ doesn’t mean you should ignore a band once described by scene legend Brant Bjork as “the GREATEST band I’ve ever seen”.
From 1986 to 1987, 30 to 40 songs may have been recorded via 2 different demos but no official Yawning Man material arrived until 2005, and by then stoner / desert rock had already been ‘apparently’ pioneered by the likes of Kyuss, Fu Manchu and their ilk. However, since 2005, we’ve been treated to a treasure trove of material culminating in 2018’s critically adored album, Revolt Against Tired Noises. Fortunately, Yawning Man’s latest opus is as blissfully vibrant and as cinematically stimulating as anything that’s come before it…..but, somehow, Macedonian Lines is also so much more!
A band renowned for sojourns into epic instrumental jams, on Macedonian Lines Yawning Man may have reigned in the excess but, overall, they simply sound timeless; conjuring absorbing, ever-evolving, ageless tomes which ebb and flow through seemingly seamless improvisation and a psych style all of their own.
Make no mistake, this is art. Art that may be informed by the wide open spaces of the deserts of California but still feels intensely personal…..and it’s this distinct sense of melancholic personality that sings to us the most. Universally sumptuous, you can easily become lost in Macedonian Lines acres of space, happy to return and absorb its shifting sands over and over again, such is its hypnotic and alluring state.
We’ll cut to the chase.
Yawning Man are the quintessential stoner rock act and Macedonian Lines is an essential album. 9/10
1. Virtual Funeral
2. Macedonian Lines
3. Melancholy Sadie
4. Bowie’s Last Breath
5. I’m Not A Real Indian (But I Play One On TV)
6. I Make Weird Choices
YAWNING MAN’s Macedonian Lines is out NOW via Heavy Psych Sounds