The Route to the Harmonium
A bewitching record from Yorkston, a mixture of evocative softly-delivered folk songs and spoken word pieces that burn with a deep intensity – this is a deeply personal album that transports you to the small Scottish fishing village where it was recorded, sweeping you into Yorkston’s world and his reflections upon the friends and family who affect your life in all those untold ways.
Almost entirely recorded by himself in a studio which is a ramshackle old loft space, originally used to repair fisherman’s nets, and now stuffed full the antique instruments James has collected throughout his life as a musician. Having created hours of recordings, James called up his old collaborator David Wrench – (Caribou, Four Tet, Frank Ocean, FKA Twigs and David Byrne) - to help make sense of the sessions. It is the sound of home, of undisturbed craftmanship. Listen closely and you can imagine him putting it together.
- Your Beauty Could Not Save You
- The Irish Wars of Independence Edit View
- Like Bees to Foxglove
- The Blue of the Thistle
- My Mouth Ain't No Bible
- Solitary Islands All
- The Villages I Have Known My Entire Life
- Oh Me, Oh My
- Yorkston Athletic
- A Footnote to an Epitaph