Yule EP - Review
It's great during the holiday season to hear so many awesome sounds, especially when artists will take the time and use their talents to create their own music for the season rather than just making covers of the same old songs. This entire EP is one unique collection of melancholy holiday moods. We're presented with ten nice tracks spanning over 45 minutes, which makes this EP as long or longer than many full-length albums.
This is truly a special treat, while maybe not exactly what you would expect to hear during the holiday season, the cold ambient and experimental moods really reflect the physical, cold and frozen world during this time in much of the world. The droning piece "Busy Station" starts off the album and drifts along effortlessly through the cold night air and mixes seemlessly with "The Train Home" which moves along nicely with a somber underlying beat. These dreamy instrumental ambient pieces dominate the album and bring home their random overall feeling. The bells on "12:00 AM" are probably the most seasonal sound on the disc carried over the somewhat spooky background sounds while the ambient soundscapes of "Snowy Morning" and others captivate the overall feeling of the cold and dark.
It's a special treat to have a couple of vocal tracks where words are put to the music to focus the listener on certain aspects of the season such as "Christmas Eve". This piece moves along nicely with a somber beat and much of the same ambient soundscapes backing the vocals telling the story of the people and their Christmas Eve. "Yule Song" is another that brings us the sounds of the cold ambient music coupled with somber vocals, again focusing on a theme of the season, the cold, sometimes empty, sometimes bustling and laughter. "January is another piece that drifts along in this same way, mixing vocals with the dreamy musical moods. Along with a few other pieces, the album wraps up with the 20 minute full version of "The Falling Snow" which had previously been released in a shorter edited version. This long droning piece is very typical of many ambient artists and so there's really not much to add, it's nice, soft, doesn't distract and provides good background music for whatever you may be doing.
Overall this is a nice addition to anyone's collection, not very typical of the season and even great for listening to throughout the year. During the holiday season it's a nice seasonal disc with a different twist than we're used to, and other times of the year it's great for just listening to as great ambient background music.
Label: Strange Fortune