A Cosmic Return

Yeti Lane – The Echo Show
Monday March 5, 2012

With the first bleeps of opener 'Analog Winds' creating a mental picture of drawing ever closer to a distant planet, the influences behind Parisian duo Yeti Lane's labour are abundantly clear. Their first outing as a duo quickly hits its stride as an ambitious call to the stars.

As the easier-paced opener meanders to its conclusion, it is left to the following title track with its drawn out, reverb heavy vocals and heavy textured keyboard melodies, to set the early pace and bring out the scale of what Ben Pleng and Charlie Boyer are trying to achieve here. Follower 'Warning Sensations', which intelligently juxtaposes an infectious synthesiser hook with authentically retro, reverb heavy guitar lines, continues in much the same vein.

Bursting into life in the midfield, 'Logic Winds', with its abrasive burst of glitchy electronic noise and building guitar lines, brings in a dash of up tempo raucousness. It contrasts nicely with its successor 'Strange Call' which transports the listener to the heart of '60s psychedelica. A similar approach appears towards the end of the record on 'Sparkling Sunbeam', with a certain David Ivar Herman Dune helping out on the vocals. However, it is extended into something much more contemporary, with swirls of feedback cutting through the flower power vibe at the end of the track.

'Sparkling Sunbeam' forms the perfect lead-in for the out-and-out white noise of 'Faded Spectrum', in which rich, dense guitar lines take over to provide an original backdrop for Ben’s crystal clear vocal delivery, standing out as a beacon amidst the chaos.

All the way through, it is clear that this is a record where no stone has been left unturned in Yeti Lane's attempt to meet the vision of those putting it together, a labour of love that has bought its rewards. While many others try less successfully to steer similar influences into a coherent, original form, Yeti Lane have something to rightly call their own.

words: Steve Welch

Yeti Lane open for Diagrams at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, London (March 13), The Cooler, Bristol (14),The Ruby Lounge, Manchester (15), Static Gallery, Liverpool (16), Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (17), and King Tut's Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow (18). They also play a BBC Radio 6Music session for Marc Riley on March 12.