In the sea of experimental rock groups that has seemingly permeated Brooklyn forever, it takes a lot to stand out. Brooklyn natives Source of Yellow, a trio who rely heavily on krautrock beats, electro-acoustic improvisation, and a good dose of Indian raga to craft their sound, may now have what it takes.
Having released a self-titled debut album in 2010, Source of Yellow will officially release a new EP, The Said, on Twin Lakes Records next week. While their debut album was very heavy on improvisation as a trio of woodwinds, bass, and drums, The Said seems to represent a tentative move up to the big leagues, utilizing better production, more diverse instrumentation, and concrete song structures to create something with much more staying power. The title track, a primal explosion of wailing, reverb-soaked vocals and pounding drums on top of wonderfully rhythmic electronics and bass, demonstrates the effectiveness of this approach. The three songs on The Said, diverse as they are, are a perfect snapshot of Source of Yellow’s complex sound.
With The Said, Source of Yellow seem to be taking themselves much more seriously, and having taken a small step in the right direction, one may expect whatever they do next to be a greater leap.
The entire EP can be streamed HERE.