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"Travels review - subba cultcha"

Welcome to the best new rock band of 2009
I was fortunate enough to happen upon this band during my travels round the Green Man festival this year, where they were headlining one of the tents, having been warned that their ticket was among the hotter of those at the event. I’m bloody glad I did too, because in addition to providing me with a temporary respite from the punishing Welsh rain, it introduced me to the quirky charms of this rather fabulous outfit.

Mostly instrumental, the ‘Moon utilise the power of guitars both electric and acoustic and mandolins too in order to weave their heady spells. Imagine, if you will, that Led Zeppelin had never hooked up with Robert Plant and had instead decided to make moody electric dancing music; or that Pink Floyd had declined the use of synthesizers and decided to keep it organic and instrumental, and you’re within a ball-hair’s breadth of what the Yellow Moon Band do.

Perhaps the most significant instrumental act Blighty has produced since the Ozric Tentacles, though far blues-ier and less spaced-out, the ‘Moon have here produced an album which, though it falls slightly short of reproducing the magnificent magnetism of their live show, certainly serves as a highly-intriguing opening gambit. Long may they shine.
- subba-cultcha.com


"Travels review The Independent on Sunday"

Reviewed by Simmy Richman?Sunday, 18 January 2009


With an album title that conjures Rick Wakeman solo albums, a drummer who used to be in Dodgy, and a band mission statement to be "more Hackett than Genesis", this has "file under foolishness" written all over it.

Yet, in the hands of Green Man founders It's Jo and Danny, it's as refreshing and relevant as "neo-prog-folk" can ever be. It's deep, but not indulgent. Mostly instrumental, but never boring. In short – like the festival the pair founded – it's a breath of musical fresh air.
Pick of the album: The melodic and magical "Maybach"

Independent on Sunday - The Independent on Sunday


"Travels review The Independent"

Travelslnto Several Remote
Nations of the world
Static Caravan ****

The spirit of classic West Coast psy-
chedelia is alive and well and living in
The Yellow Moon Band. whose num-
ber includes Jo Bartlett and Danny
Hagan from its Jo & Danny This
largely instrumental debut is also in-
' fused with flavours from myriad peri-
od sources, particulmiy the nexus
where folk and rock met under a span-
gly LSD sky Opener "Polaris” coa-
lesces from hints of l2~string guitar;
conps, shakers and astringent psych-
rock lead lines, eventually acquiring a
rolling, cyclical form in classic Quick-
silver vein. "Chimney" routes CSN- ·
esque solbrock harmonies about cos-
mic colouration over a gentle folk-rock
boogie. The folk-jazz guitar flourishes
of "‘Entangled" sound like an electri-
fied version of Pentangle. The seven-
minute-long "Domini" opens like a lla-
menco version of Neil Youngs "Corw-
girl in the Sand", with waspish ten-
drils of lead guitar surfing a steady
chord-sequence before developing a
funky backbcat via a guitar quote
from Magazines "Sbot By Both
Sides". It's not completely successful —
“Lunade|ica” is wo methodical, and
‘ “Maybach" and "Focused" have the
psych-rock formality of‘jam hands"
like Phish, minus the vital exploratory
aspect - but it is an engaging tour of
former glories.
- The Independent


"Travels Review Mojo"

moments of glory abound on this bright, funky and outstandingly groovy album.****

Green Man festival
organisers put cojones
where thelr mouths are.
There’s much thats unlikely
about the Yellow Moon Band.
whose core duo, Jo Bartlett
and Danny Hagan, run the
Green Man folk festival. For a
start, the couple. augmented
by gifted guitarist Rudy Carroll
and Dodgy drummer Mathew
Priest, laugh about their
seemingly ofl-the·cuff
instrumental music being
'prog-folk'. The Yellow Moon
Band's debut album (Bartlett
and Hagan have previously
recorded as lt's Jo & Danny)
does, however, echo the
freewheeling ‘70s vibe gifted
to prog by Pentangle and
Steeleye Span, minus the
wizards of the former genre
and fingers·in·ears of the
latter. The high point is
undoubtedly the brilliant
tension built within final track
Lunadelica by Carroll‘s
nagging electric mandolin, but
moments of glory abound on
this bright, funky and -
particularly for folk music -
outstandingly groovy album.
Andy Fyfe - Mojo


"Travels review NME"

For the best part of a decade Danny Hagan and Jo Bartlett - aka folktronica couple It's Jo and Danny - have seen their cult following grow steadily along with the size of their equally ace Green Man Festival. Unsurprising then that on their new country flecked power-prog group's debut LP, they sound custom made for their annual shindig. Pastoral guitars meander and twinkle across the mostly instrumental tracks and a fuzzy warm feeling - the sort that can only be properly augmented by a campfire and spliff - permeates throughout. Catch them in a field in six months time in deepest south Wales and these tracks will make for a beautifully bewitching listen.
Rick Martin - NME


"Travels Plan B review"

This needs a sticlrer on it that says,’Now
you're jammin’ l' Blasted on shrooms
and feeling the folk rock love, these
boys charge through eight songs of
slippery time signatures, obscene solos
and wet, wet drums; there's nary a
moment where they ain't displaying some
lndelatigable form of heightened noorllng
above sweet. pastoral grooves. their
guitar tones multi·iaoeted like diamonds
On they undertake a
breathless raid on the classic rock abattoir;
alterwards, they try to get Phil Lynott back
to their gaffe for a coolrout, but Phil is long
dead and that's a good thing because there
weren't enough steaks arryway.These boys
are ravenous. and their stamina must be
heard. Wrth clean·as·a·whistie production
(more CSNY than Ragged Glory) and not one
note out of place. it‘s the nice, new haircut of
jam records.Wouldn't mind their hair being a
bit rnussed up, actually.
Shane Moritz
- Plan B


"Travels review Shindig"

****

There’s a place in
many a publication
i'm sure for The
Yellow Moon
Band. But no one
should feel a
kinship with them
more than readers
of Shindig!
Psych, folk, Fairport Convention
nods toward rhythmic prog.; this is yet
another ethereal “hel1o” from the Static
Caravan label and Travels Into Several
Remote Nations of the World a long overdue
debut from The Yellow Moon Band.
Featuring Green Man festival curators and
knowledgeable folksters (It’s) Jo 8: Darmy
amongst their ranks,
Instrumental arrangements like
‘Polaris’ and ‘Maybach’ don’t roll with the
punches as much as throw them
melodically, unfurling rock guitar play
with little or no mention of the thirty or so
years that followed ’76. And ‘Focused’, the
best track here by far celebrates a sound as
wonderfully idiosyncratic as the festival
they give us every August. It’s not even
January yet and already I’m looking
forward to the summer and seeing this
record at the top of writer’s End of Year
lists.
Richard S Jones - Shindig


Discography

Albums
Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World (25 January 2009)
"Mind blowing - and that really is all you need to know about this" - Losing Today *****
"Moments of glory abound on this bright, funky and outstandingly groovy album" - Mojo ****

Singles
"Entangled", June 2007 (widely played on alt stations in uk)
"Maybach", February 2008 (voted best record of 2008 by listeners to a german radio station)
"Polaris - Time and Space Machine/Xela remixes", May 2009

Compilations
"A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble, Volume 1: Cosmic Space Music", January 2009
"my album of this year or any other year." Noel Gallagher interviewed in Rolling Stone

"Fred Deakin: Nu Balearica", September 2008]

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'Welcome to the best new rock band of 2009 - Perhaps the most significant instrumental act Blighty has produced since the Ozric Tentacles' - ****1/2 subba-culture.com

'the most exiting discovery of 2009... Absolutely brilliant' ***** - allgigs.co.uk

'I can well imagine people watching this in awe in a live setup.' - Kruger Magazine

In 2007 Jo Bartlett and Danny Hagan of folktronica It's Jo and Danny and curators of the Green Man Festival in the UK, guitarist Rudy Carroll and Mathew Priest of Britpop band Dodgy, following some experimental jams at Bartlett and Hagan's home in the Brecon Beacons, produced what they considered to be a new and exciting blend of folk and progressive/psychedelic rock, and a welcome change to the song driven folktronica of It's Jo and Danny.

The band were persuaded by Geoff Dolman of Static Caravan to go into Bark Studio in North London to record two singles - "Entangled" and "Maybach" - and the resulting sessions produced most of the material for their debut album Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World.

The Yellow Moon Band have garnered many favourable reviews for their infrequent gigs and were invited to headline the inaugural Lewes Psychedelic Festival in March 2009.

The Yellow Moon Band have proved difficult to categorize, DJs and record stores having variously described them as Psychedelic, Prog Rock, Balearic and Folk and they have appeared on compilations as varied in genre as Fred Deakin: Nu Balearica and the Amorphous Androgenous' A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble, Volume 1: Cosmic Space Music.

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