Eleven years after their debut Ceremony to the Sunset LP saw the light, UK/California heavy psychedelic rock collaboration; Yawning Sons return with the new album Sky Island. Yawning Sons is a collaboration between the graceful guitar work of California desert native Gary Arce (Yawning Man, Big Scenic Nowhere) and the heavy driving rock of UK post-rockers Sons of Alpha Centauri (SoAC for short), who initially formed in 2008. Along with a more prolonged tracklisting, Sky Island’s guest vocal roster expands with the addition of Dandy Brown (Hermano, Orquesta Del Desierto) to the fold alongside Wendy Rae Fowler (Earthlings?, QOTSA), Scott Reeder (Kyuss, Sun and Sail Club), and Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson, Yawning Man).
On the surface, Sky Island looks like a supergroup get-together of the known names in the stoner/desert rock niche. Still, Sky Island’s songwriting shows each collaborator’s vocal depth from different song styles. Each of the eight tracks is different from one another; blissfully progressive is a good description for Yawning Sons’ songwriting; there isn’t a single song that sounds identical among the eight tracks. Black Vinyl Signed on request by Gary Arce and Mario Lalli.