The Natural Yogurt Band – Away With Melancholy

Unless you know The Natural Yogurt Band personally, then the chances are the only info you will be able to find about them is via a Jazzman Records press release for their debut LP Away With Melancholy. And to quote that press release;

“The cd they sent was accompanied by no credentials. There was no promo sheet name-dropping the famous DJs who are playing their music, no pretentious CV stating who plays what and who used to play with whoever; no info, no blurb and no gumph. In other words they just sent me a plain cd, which was refreshing, because at the end of the day all that matters is whether it’s any good or not, right?”

Yes, that is all that matters. Just makes my job a bit harder (or easier, depending on which way you care to look at it). Out now, through the aforementioned Jazzman Records, Away With Melancholy is not only available on CD, but 2×10″ vinyl – that’s not something you see every day, but if it was meant to be a subtle hint towards how special this LP is… it worked a treat cos I snapped it up as soon as I saw it. Plus if Gerald and pals at Jazzman get excited about something, then it’s usually worth checking out!

Tracklisting…

01. Chapter One
02. Chit Chat
03. Better Days To Come
04. Thoughts
05. Voodoo
06. Pipe Dreams
07. Latin Illusion
08. The Woods
09. A Broken Rose
10. Space Echo
11. Soft Cheese
12. Lament For Piano

The Natural Yogurt Band is made up of ex-Little Barrie drummer Wayne Fullwood and producer/musician Miles Newbold. What they have created here holds blends of both jazz and funk, but don’t be confused, this isn’t jazz-funk – this is a surreal mixture of the elements, combined to create something altogether… different. Cinematic in parts, damn right funky in others, but mellow and modal as well. You’ll struggle not to appreciate the delicate intricacies and tight instrumentation within Away With Melancholy.

mp3: The Natural Yogurt Band – Voodoo

Wayne Fullwood described the album as “a pastiche of different moods” and with that he was spot on. Some of my favourite jazz LPs mesmerise and enthrall me, and besides the obvious quality of the records, it’s always because of the moods and stories that the records tell. The journeys they take you on. I was ecstatic and delighted to stumble upon a modern creation that could give me such an experience on par with the old diamonds in my collection. This is a true wonder and will captivate the ears of both funk and jazz connoisseurs from far and wide.

With rumours of Stones Throw chomping at the bit for the rights to an American release, I’ve no doubt that you’ll be hearing much more from The Natural Yogurt Band very soon. Grab that double 10″ whilst you still can!

  • http://eashfa.wordpress.com/ Linda

    Delicious ditty this. My only hope is that it’ll reach more than connoisseurs.

  • http://eashfa.wordpress.com/ Linda

    Delicious ditty this. My only hope is that it’ll reach more than connoisseurs.

  • http://www.juslikemusic.com/ jeej

    I do too, but time will tell.

    Interestingly the Heliocentrics actually released some music on Jazzman and they ended up on Stones Throw and making quite a name for themselves. So perhaps TNYB will follow suit?

  • http://www.juslikemusic.com jeej

    I do too, but time will tell.

    Interestingly the Heliocentrics actually released some music on Jazzman and they ended up on Stones Throw and making quite a name for themselves. So perhaps TNYB will follow suit?

  • gaseous clay

    i’d be thrilled with a Stones Throw/US release. loved the Heliocentrics album and Stones Throw/Now-Again would be a great home for them. plus, maybe we’ll get a free 7″ with the album, just like all the other ST releases. I hope they make it quick though, I wanna hear this bad and don’t think I can wait it out.

  • gaseous clay

    i’d be thrilled with a Stones Throw/US release. loved the Heliocentrics album and Stones Throw/Now-Again would be a great home for them. plus, maybe we’ll get a free 7″ with the album, just like all the other ST releases. I hope they make it quick though, I wanna hear this bad and don’t think I can wait it out.

  • http://www.juslikemusic.com/ jeej

    You should try get this online. There is already a 7″ out on Jazzman too that is for Voodoo / Soft Cheese… http://www.ifmusic.co.uk/product.php?products_id=8333

    But yeah, the collectable Fan Club 7s that come with Stones Throw vinyl LP are indeed cool.

  • http://www.juslikemusic.com jeej

    You should try get this online. There is already a 7″ out on Jazzman too that is for Voodoo / Soft Cheese… http://www.ifmusic.co.uk/product.php?products_id=8333

    But yeah, the collectable Fan Club 7s that come with Stones Throw vinyl LP are indeed cool.

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