Californian desert rockers Yawning Man certainly belong in that category. Since 1986 these guys have been jamming on stages all over the world. In that time they recorded six album, with 'The Revolt Against Tired Noises' being the latest. Mostly instrumental, this album is a superb statement of the band's know-how. Besides, with the song 'Catamaran', the band has re-recorded an old classic of theirs, made famous by Kyuss when they covered it on 'The Circus Leaves Town'. Now this song finally sees a release by the band who actually wrote it, which I think is a damn good thing.
But first things first as the record opens with 'The Black Kite', a soothing and immersive tune that freely floats between psychedelic rock and post rock. Some artists in the stoner and psychedelic scenes don't like to read the term "post-rock" but if your music would fit perfectly well on a festival like Dunk!, that tag is not an insult, on the very contrary. That would place Yawning Man in the same streets as bands like Monkey3, My Sleeping Karma, Colour Haze and so on. The same goes for the title track and for 'Skyline Pressure'.
'Grant's Heart' is the first track with vocals. It's also one of the fastest tunes, a mid tempo song in the middle of slow but groovy rock tunes. 'Violent Lights' takes the listener back to the path of the previously mentioned tracks, again balancing on that edge between post and psychedelic. With every song I'm becoming more and more convinced of the powerful live experience that Yawning Man will probably be. I never had the chance to see them live but I think that will change very soon as this album will be supported by a massive tour.
The ever expanding musical universe of Yawning Man is stunning. Firmly rooted in the era where bands like Pink FLoyd and Hawkwind carefully crafted a new genre, these Americans are not afraid to look forward. 'Misfortune Cookies' is one of my favorites, a jam (which is a bit too short for me) that brings back memories of 3rd Ear Experience gigs. As I said earlier, I can't wait to experience these tracks live. The album will undoubtedly appear quite often in my day-to-day playlist and if you're a psychedelic stoner post rock fan, I recommend you do the same.