No-Neck Blues Band “Ytiu” | Kelippah
Harlem’s No-Neck Blues Band have been one of the most interesting since I was taken in by the sound of what everyone has collectively bridged under the genres post rock and experimentalism well over a decade ago. As one of the most out there bands in the last 20 years, it is with great expectation to all of their works that I have found myself comfortably living in. When a band releases as many thought provoking and pleasurable albums as this band has, there is no way but to expect greatness from them with every release.
Before this year, Pat Murano of No-Neck Blues Band set out to form his own imprint Kelippah and the labels first run with No-Neck Blues Band came with the record we are featuring today, Ytiu. Highly adventurous, cosmic and primitive in note configuration, No-Neck Blues Band give two sides of a single limited edition vinyl of 300 copies that falls deep into the spirit of Krautrock, meditative drone, Sun Ra esk space travel and an unorthodox approach to rhythmic noise music that defines what the band has stood for since their beginning albums in the 90′s.
The loose state of electronics over the primitive rhythms in Ytiu is spell binding and leaves my mind open in the most channeled way. I feel like I am getting ready for lift off, not an analyzation of pop structures through songs. It’s the type of lift off that makes me feel really good about where music is at right now. After listening to Ytiu on multiple occasions, it feels as if there is no end or beginning, only a state of relaxation and happiness. Very few bands begin their career in the avant-garde world and remain there some 15-20 years later, especially from the demanding instrumentation and conceptual scope it requires. No-Neck Blues Band is one of those bands and Ytiu is a breathtaking journey into the arena of culture that No-Neck Blues Band seems like they will never remove themselves from. If you love the subversive states of experimental music with a rhythmic pulse that connects it into the state of the heart beat, you’ll love Ytiu.
As we are catching up to this phenomenal release, No-Neck Blues Band have already given the world a new LP with CINo 51. on the same imprint, Kelippah. The following excerpt about CINo 51. is from the group. Order CINo 51. from Forced Exposure.
“Previously, a boy dreams the dreams of many other boys. He meets three other boys and they dream together. Sadly, one of his co-dreamer’s dreams become nightmare. In an effort to avoid seeing their own dreams relegated back to sleeping, our hero and his fair dreaming compatriots leave their troubled friend to face his nightmares on his own. His nightcap is quickly filled and the boys march forward, eventually seeing all of their dreams made manifest. In this installment our boy has become a man too accustomed to living his boy dreams. When he places his head upon his pillow these days there is nothing, as if there is nothing left to dream of. Perhaps his conspirators sense this? They dream apart now and our hero’s empty nights only serve to marginalize him from these other boys. Our man must be gifted with powers beyond the ordinary because, much as his boy dreams had become real, so too his man dreams of emptiness soon become his waking life. Unlike his lost troubled co-dreamer from years past, his nightmares are far too mundane for anyone to care about. He dies this way. Special thanks to Charlie Gilmour, millionaire.”