Emperor Yes – An Island Called Earth


Emperor Yes – An Island Called Earth
Out Now on Alcopop Records

‘An Island called Earth’ the debut album from Emperor Yes, takes a lot of inspiration from Space. It would be easy to sum it up as out of this world and move on, if not for the fact that amongst the furious crash of drums, the playful chirp of keys and an odyssey of lyrical longing, there stand three men. Feet firmly planted on the ground, looking up at the nighttime sky. That’s the perspective’ An Island Called Earth’ takes and it’s one that provides a launchpad for the sincere sense of adventure that’s threaded throughout.

From the ominously titled, yet joyous opening of ‘End of the World’ through to the echoing nursery rhyme of Fishes, Emperor Yes strive to make sense of the world we live in.

On paper the lyrical content threatens irrelevance, but delivered with wide-eyed warmth, Emperor Yes put everything into perspective. Songs about monkey kings, cats and Cleopatra skip with childlike innocence but also carry that magical slanted view on the world that makes so much sense once it’s been pointed out to you.

Upbeat and vibrant, the instrumental beauty remains constant, yet twisting as Emperor Yes fulfill more of their wistful fantasies. The vocals provide dramatic texture as loneliness and defiance trade blows on ‘Astronaut’ and ‘Wasps’ respectively. Wherever Emperor Yes dream themselves, they’re full of whimsy and optimism. After all, “We cannot waste a moment, when all we have’s a lifetime.”

You can find Emperor Yes on Twitter and Facebook. Buy the album, ‘An Island Called Earth’ here.


~ by justdip on 14/10/2014.

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