Yowie have let loose a taste of their forthcoming new album, Synchromysticism. You can hear the track now right here (or streaming via the Skin Graft Records Bandcamp page where you’ll find all the pre-order detaila and such). Rhe complete album is scheduled for release on April 21st, 2017. This is the third album from the much admired band from St. Louis, Missouri, here’s the track,
Do like the album cover, that’s it up there, “the artist on this is Johanna’s cousin. I’ve been dreaming of having him do cover artwork for Yowie for years – it always felt like a perfect fit”. said Skin Graft’s Mark Fisher. More on the art, the cover, the album and what Yowie are doing on these pages very very (very) soon
Here some words from Skin Graft... Since 2000, St. Louis’ YOWIE has been perfecting a unique form of progressive rock that incorporates complex polyrhythms and guitar dissonance. Operating within its own unique idiom, YOWIE rejects rock music’s typical foundation of common time signature and standard melodic structures.
For their 3rd album, “Synchromysticism,” the band has used these tools, as well as the drummer’s (a clinical psychologist) understanding of signal detection theory and delusional mood to convey complex phenomenological concepts in a highly visceral form. This album, the first with guitarist Christopher Trull (formerly of Grand Ulena) marks a new level of ambition in terms of conceptual complexity, synthesizing opposing compositional approaches into a distinctive style that simultaneously elicits feelings of euphoria, perplexity, dread… and an inexorable urge to dance.
And look at that tracklisting, we do like a good tittle.
TRACK LISTING: 1. Ineffable Dolphin Communion, 2. Mysterium Tremendum, 3. Absurdly Ineffective Barricade, 4. The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You, 5. The Reason Your House Is Haunted Can Be Found On This Microfiche
Some words from other people
“Extreme technical proficiency is taken to new places. There’s a slippery, rubbery quality to the sound and playing too. Though hyper-precise, there’s lots of swing to the drumming, lots of bent notes and sliding on guitar strings. When Yowie does fall into a groove – for about 6 seconds – it’s never in 4/4 time. It’s hard to believe these 3 people found each other to form this band.” – No-Core
“In the midst of some of the most virtuosically talented and respected musicians playing today, Yowie is singular… Watching them live is like witnessing a reptile birth a human; utterly perplexing, yet amazing.” – KDHX
“As frenetic and intense as anything you’d hear from the likes of The Dillinger Escape Plan but without the vocals or as much distortion… could match any tech metal or grind band in a contest for intensity.” – Dont Count On It
“To say that Yowie exists outside of genre understates the band’s utter lack of convention. Yowie naturally, and somehow seamlessly, undermines classic notions of style or song structure.” – StL Mag
“The climax of rock music. This is outsider music for our entire dimension. No band has had this sort of vision since Beefheart marinaded us with tales of Big Joan’s anatomy. In the dozens of times I’ve listened to this album I’ve never heard the same album twice.” – Loving Peter Cetera
Meanwhile here’s some footage of Yowie playing in a shop in 2015, “Yowie brings their special brand of math rock to Midwest Guitar as part of Lo-Fi Cherokee. The crowds mind is blown, the end”.