Yellow Dancer – Excess EP

Yellow Dancer
Excess EP

So I must admit that I was never really a punk rocker. In my slow journey to the indie rock world, I somehow missed the whole NOFX, punk-as-fuck movement. Instead, I fell in almost immediately with the noisy Sonic Youth crowd. Something about well-executed feedback just placed a smile on my face for days on end. Thus, it comes as no surprise that I quite enjoy the Yellow Dancer record. These guys obviously believe that atonality can be beautiful … and I agree. In order to review this all too brief blast of rock and roll, I’ve broken Excess down track by track …gee, how original of me.
“Art School Excess” – Ah yes, the nice ambient intro. It fits in well with the title …nothing like a little art school excess to start off a noisy rock EP.
“Let Silence Win” – Opens with nice guitar work, highlighting the excellent mixing job. The vocals sounds kinda strange, but they suit the song well; the phrasing is kinda off, but in a sort of rockin way. Its hard to explain but well worth checking out. I do wish that the bass was a bit more prevalent, but it still sounds pretty damn cool. The lyrics remind me if the now defunct Denton band Coals to Newcastle. Yes, this is good thing. I wonder what exactly they like so much about white wine. Subtle backing vocals add depth to the whole proceedings in an excellent way. I dig the closing transition because I am a sucker for controlled feedback
“The Preview Anesthesia” – The intro is very reminiscent of Sonic Youth in its subtle atonality. Obviously the guitarists have worked on the formation of the riffs quite intensively. The vocals remind me of Duster in the way they add texture to the overall product. Stepping up a bit, the bass takes more of a role and provides a nice backbone to the dueling treble machines. Sadly, the song fades out a bit prematurely, not developing as much as it could. Still, it’s a great piece of music.
“Everything I Touch Turns to Plastic” – Everything combines into a slightly muddled mess that sounds like Shellac if they featured Thurston Moore instead of Steve Albini. The production could use a little more power so as to highlight the rhythm section. The rock sections suggest an …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead style combination of punk and the avant-garde. Again, the track ends quicker than I would like
“Let’s Move to Boston” – The main chord progression takes a page from the My Bloody Valentine book and erects a wall of sounds that engulfs the listener. Sadly, the song ends before ever truly beginning, leaving a slightly sour taste in the mouth.
And then it’s over. 18 minutes of powerful (if slightly underdeveloped) rock music. If you like noise, then this will almost certainly tickle your fancy. Just contact the band and pick up a copy. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.