Yakima – It Helped

Formed in Glasgow in 2013, Yakima are Neil McArthur, John Houston, Kay McLaren and Paul Bradley. Together they have crafted an off-kilter, sunshine pop sound that owes as much to local heroes Teenage Fanclub as it does to psychedelic stalwarts like The Besnard Lakes and Flaming Lips.

The band have released two singles to date in ‘Judy’s Lament’ and ‘Point of This’. Now they return with their third, cheerfully titled, ‘It Helped’.

The Gerry Love influence here is obvious in that glorious vocal harmony line but it’s the last chord in each verse that throws us a curveball. It lifts this song from pastiche to perfection. It’s clear that the band understand this and enjoy playing with their audience’s expectations.

The vocal interplay between Neil and John is up there with best harmony singers out there. As subtle as it is core to the feel of the song, there is much to admire in this bands playing from the flamboyant cymbal work of drummer Kay and killer guitar tones of Paul and John.

‘It Helped’ is out now on all usual digital outlets. The band are planning a physical release so keep your eyes peeled on their Facebook page for more news on that.


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