Label: Domino • Release date: 15 January, 2016
Format: CD / DL / LP • Catalogue Number: WIGCD367
Yorkston/Thorne/Khan are an experimental group that includes James Yorkston, one of the most “influential singer/songwriters on the Scottish folk scene”, Suhail Yusuf Khan, award winning sarangi player and classical singer from New Delhi and Jon Thorne, best known as jazz double bass player with electro outfit Lamb. This is Scottish-Irish-Indian-English music in the raw, Yorkston's familiar steel guitar strings pulled, pushed and bent into more unfamiliar acoustic drones, the bass dropping anchors through the floor. Rather than world music per se, this sounds more idiosyncratic, a temporary structure bivouacking by the side of the indie-folk, art music tradition, while its widening horizons extend back to the Sixties heyday of the Incredible String Band, and forward to this singular album's satellite orbit over the folk music, Indian classical and indie music of today – all these musical ley lines threaded into a new kind of eclectic, domestic setting.
“Playing together as Yorkston,Thorne, Khan, we tackle a wide array of different sounds and songs. Alongside pieces of our own, there’s a fair chunk of improvisation, plus covers of Ivor Cutler’s ‘Little Black Buzzer’ and Lal Waterson’s ‘Song For Thirza’. Jon’s jazz back-ground definitely comes to the fore, as does Suhail’s devotional singing and outstanding sarangi playing. I just do my best to keep up...” – James Yorkston
James Yorkston first met Suhail in 2011 by chance backstage and that very night asked Suhail to accompany him on stage. "The show went very well, the audience didn’t leave – heck some of them seemed to enjoy it. More importantly, Suhail and I had a great time and swore to keep in touch.”
Jon Thorne has been playing double bass with Yorkston since 2009 and was the natural choice to join Yorkston and Khan on this project.
"Two years went by, ourselves as a trio and Lisa (O'Neill) going our separate ways and working on our own music. We kept in touch, always looking for windows where we could all appear together, but it only became possible in 2015, when the Alchemy Festival asked Yorkston Thorne Khan to play and the British Council helped sort out the logistics of it all. We built a small tour around the Alchemy shows, this time without Lisa. The opportunity to record again was there and we ended up in Analogue Catalogue in Northern Ireland. Lisa came up from Dublin and joined us for the session and that was that - the second half of the album was made." – James Yorkston
"unforced and rewarding" - ★★★ Q
"could just be one of the albums of the year" - 8/10 Uncut
"experimental but still sacred" - 7.5/10 The Line Of Best Fit
"bravely original Indian-folk-jazz fusion" - ★★★★ Guardian
"the trio have cooked up an odd an engaging album" Observer
"a quietly mesmerising piece of work" - ★★★1/2 Music OMH
"keening tone of the sarangi mounting an elegant exploration" - ★★★ Independent
"Enlightened and challenging... an incredible String Band for a brave new world" ★★★★ Mojo
"creating something far greater even than the sum of their world-class parts." - ★★★★★ Record Collector