By: Martyn Coppack
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Taking in a combination of Gallic charm, a penchant for dreamy psychedelia and a knowing nod to Amon Duul II and The Beatles, Yeti Lane are one of those bands who’s easy going appearance and sound simply begs you to fall in love with them. An inspired duo, the sound they build is anything but the sum of two parts with their music capable of filling the biggest of venues. Like Air, who trade in blissed out rhythms, Yeti Lane take an approach defined in tripped out reverb mixed with elements of shoegaze. By filling this with an undefinable uniqueness and knack for a melody, they have hit upon a sound completely their own.
L’aurore is their third album and the one where they completely move from the classic style of song-writing to one that is based completely on mood and feeling. It’s a move which befits there wide-screen sound and really allows them to progress as a band into something a bit more special. It’s a logical step if you listen back through their catalogue and you feel that here Yeti Lane have hit their stride.
The single ‘Acide Amer’, with it’s unnerving video, set the scene for L’Aurore and in the context of this album, coming straight after the dreamlike opening of ‘Delicat’ and ‘Good Words Gone’, it provides a change in gear which simply brings the album to colourful life. Akin to falling down the rabbit hole, you sense that things are going to get a little dark from here on in.
That’s where Yeti Lane trick you though and as you progress through these songs there is a sense of enlightenment which becomes almost religious in feel. The combined swirl of synths, guitars and drums create a world of psychedelic wonderment which erupts in moments of true blissed out space much as on ‘Liquide’ where all semblance of reality is lost in one simple tempo change. It’s masterful and thoughtful, which in turn masks the technical prowess behind a mask of simplicity.
That feeling of reaching a point of nirvana is fulfilled as the drive of ‘Crystal Sky’ gives itself up to the monumental ‘Exquise’, a song which stretches out all those dreamlike qualities to the power of ten. Much like early Verve, they imbibe a sense of release from the real world into something much more free. It is almost a celebration when ‘Ne Dis Rien’ performs its salutory finish and one is reminded of the elated faces of the people as the spaceship comes to deliver them at the end of Arthur C Clarke’s Childhoods End. A moment of sheer transcendency and delight, your heart and soul positively explode.
Yeti Lane are a band to fall in love with and adore. To miss out on this album is to miss the key to what makes psychedelia so important to our minds. You feel washed and cleansed and ready to face another day, and that is a rare thing in a band to do. Yeti Lane take the tripped out route which may pigeon-hole them within certain genre restrictions but at its heart is simply an ambition to turn a song into something much more. L’Aurore is an album that succeeds on so many levels and it bears all the hallmarks of a future classic. If that doesn’t convince you then listen to ‘Ne Dis Rien’ again and tell yourself this isn’t the most uplifting, joyful, semi-religious experience you have ever faced from a band. Wonderful.