From Yazan's forthcoming four-track EP "Howlin'" out April 21, 2015 on vinyl & digital formats via Shoulder Tap Records.
“If you’re desperate for a proper Southern-style rhythm ‘n’ blues resurrection, well, Brooklyn-based artist Yazan might just be your saving grace. On the cusp of releasing his new four song EP, Howlin’, his single ‘Tell Me Baby” is an electrifying (literally, since this is Yazan’s first non-acoustic release) sneak peek at the rollicking chaos to come.” - SPIN
“Yazan doles out river-bottom-blues filled with muddy funk that almost borders on grunge. His raucous new single “Tell Me Baby” could’ve been fished out of the Mississippi delta itself, and Yazan wails on about the dredges of an unraveling romance like he’s John Lee Hooker’s best disciple.” – STEREOGUM
If we’re being honest, New York is in a bad place. Commerce is trumping culture, cops are busting buskers, and only advertisements provide the little color decorating Manhattan streets. Yazan comes to help to resurrect the uncompromising creative spirit that recalls a time and place seemingly lost to bourgeois bars and faceless luxury condos.
Raised in the clouds at the top of a tower built on the river in the middle of the city, Yazan is back on Earth for the time being. He has spent recent years moving crowds to dance and cry with his sometimes delicate, sometimes frenzied sound, vibrating crowds en masse at basement parties in his secret underground Brooklyn laboratory. His performances are ceremonies of a shamanic sort, leading crowds into higher states with his deep grasp of sound and rhythm. His friendship and collaboration with luminary artist/comedian Reggie Watts has helped him to access that infinite universal spirit that guarantees no two performances to be alike.
Since releasing two raw solo records inspired by the power and simplicity of acoustic country blues and folks artists like RL Burnside and Bob Dylan, Yazan has returned with his first electrified release. On Howlin’ (Shoulder Tap Records, SHT014), Yazan reimagines four of his country blues originals backed by powerhouse drummer Kris Kuss (PILE), recorded live at Kutch-1 Studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. His guitar chugs along in a backwoods style between soaring slide licks, while his voice throbs and warbles with crushing lament and playful joy. His sound is sky and and earth coming together in balance.
Yazan's four-track EP Howlin' will be released April 21st on limited vinyl and digital formats. He is currently on tour playing guitar for PILE, as well as opening select shows across the US (dates below).
HOWLIN' TRACK LISTING:
1. Tell Me Baby
3. I Get High
4. Help Me
YAZAN SPRING 2015 TOUR DATES:
3/19 Austin, TX Todd’s Mansion
3/28 Tempe, AZ Cornish Pasty
3/30 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
4/03 Oakland, CA Night Light
4/07 Olympia, WA Deadbeat Records
4/16 Carbondale, IL The Swamp
4/28 NYC Baby’s All Right
(more dates to be announced soon)
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