Sydney based band Yellow Monday has had several releases in the last few years. These include the tracks World Through Those Eyes, Simpatico, Should I Jump, Kanchendzonga and Minda Love, with a compilation of early recordings released last year titled Home Cured 2000-2006.
Double Island will indeed generate across the board support, with its subtle mix of light rhythms and evocative tonesVINCE LEIGH
The band has now released Double Island, a track that is sure to attract a lot of radio and streaming playlist attention. The new song is a combination of indie-folk, roots, and world music.
The band’s sound utilises an impressive assortment of atypical instruments, including tabla, cittern, baglama, cello, esraj and twelve-string guitar. Double Island harnesses traditional organic textures, using a contemporary approach, that ultimately imbues the track with colour and freshness. It also features a poignant, heart on a sleeve lyric that will undoubtedly resonate with many.
As songwriter Andy Gray says about the inspiration for the track, ‘Double Island is a song about getting together with my beautiful wife many years ago. We were friends, and it turned into something much more. The words are all true.
This song is quite a journey.’ Recorded by Phil Snow at Bulletin Place Studios, Sydney, Double Island features Bhagta Singh on esraj, Ziaul Islam Tomal on tabla, Lexi Rose on backing vocals, Craig Calhoun and Andy on guitars, mandolin, and vocals. It begins with a mandolin and acoustic guitar, setting the song’s rhythmic tone.
Double Island’s various pleasures lie in the gentle and serene aspects, where each instrument effectively blends with another and Andy’s smooth vocal a skilful accompaniment.
The song’s melodic strength is also a highlight, one the minimal production and instrumentation makes the most of. Double Island will indeed generate across the board support, with its subtle mix of light rhythms and evocative tones, paving the way for Yellow Monday’s vibrant and original style to achieve mainstream success. Double Island is enchanting and cleverly intoxicating and well worth a listen.