Yngve

Yngve

BandAlternativePop

"lyrics which could give Conor Oberst a run for his money..The faster songs will make you want to get up and dance, and sing along, while you do so, while the slower ones will leave you feeling like you’re witnessing something really special" The Scene, Live Review, July 2006

Biography

"...shades of early Bright Eyes and David Kitt...manages to draw the listener in with his wistful vocals and stripped back guitar hooks."

Steve Cummins
Hotpress

"… has 'radio air-play' written all over it and could well be one to look out for"

"Light and airy, sad without being maudlin, rockin' drums and lifting guitars, this is good stuff from a young musician just starting out."

Orla Murphy
The Scene

"Blues blood flows through Yngve's veins"

Robert Cullen
Sligo Weekender

The responses to Yngve’s fledgling offering (‘Four Weeks’) may lead one to believe that he is easily categorisable, however this distinctive new voice is blazing his own trail.

Yngve is a German-born, North Sligo-raised guitarist, who set out on his musical journey at an early age. Inspired by his father (a German blues musician) and living an organic lifestyle, his origins have been fundamental in bringing him to his own country; a place which bridges the gaps between the diverse territories of musical tradition; Sligo, via Nashville! Along the way, he has played support to such luminaries as Paul Weller, Jape, Ollie Cole, Katell Keineg as well as being a regular on Sligo and Dublin stages; he produced his own debut e.p in 2005. ‘Four weeks’, tracks from which were featured on various RTE productions including Fair City. Yngve never fails to leave his audience enthused and wondering ‘what next’?

Yngve’s determination to forge his own sound and methods is evident from his new release. His debut album ‘Middle Child Syndrome’ melds the best of folk, blues, country, and (dare I say it) pop. One gets the feeling that its not going to be his final resting place, but for now, Yngve creates exceptional tunes which resonate of his blues background, his soulful lyrics are delivered in his unique raspy tones, at once soft and crooning and at times, strident and gleeful.

The new album was recorded with his band the ‘Space To Be Yourself’ Project; a concept which encourages an experimental approach, whereby musicians freely contribute to the creations. This endeavour has drawn together a a talented motley crew of musicians, writers, artists and singers; on his debut album the individual sparks light up this creative cauldron, producing some arrangements which are simply beautiful.

What of the songs? Well, the clear imprint of the blues is present, with some simple melodies and wistful lyrics painted on; skilfully employed steel guitars are accompanied by some haunting pianos and violins, all acting as a backdrop to the sweet, delicate harmonies.

Themes of childhood innocence, love, and loss of both are evident throughout the tracks. The faint aroma of melancholia lingers...and at times Yngve seems like a very young ‘old soul’. He can be quite introspective, and occasionally cynical, but despite the thread of loss running through the songs, we are left with essentially uplifting melodies which warm the soul; firelight from a dark hearth. At his best, Yngve’s rousing refrains are cheering. The ghosts of the honeyed country tones have lodged in the back of my brain, and days later, they are still loitering…

As he ponders ‘Ambitious plans, with delicious ends, if everything should fall into place’. ( Middle Child Syndrome)… there can be no doubt that the ‘everything’ he is thinking about will indeed fall into its rightful place.

Lyrics

Johanne

Written By: Yngve Wieland

It’s hard to know where home is when you’re living on your own you spend all your time jus looking for your soul. Who can explain boy what home really means, is it where you put down roots or where you find your feet. People get married or stuck in one place, wanted to get married once but found that I need my space.

Johanne where do you go when you’re looking for your soul ‘cause that’s the only place that I’ll call my home

You’re turning around in circles trying to find your own way, with too many ‘guiding hands’ to lead you astray. Just lay down your roots girl, and tell me you’ve come home now you know you can be yourself around me.

Johanne what do you know about looking for your soul please tell me so that I can find my own.

I’m trying to find the right words to help see things through and though my feet get weary they always need to move. It’s and endless cycle of business bullshit where all they make you do is re-record and re-mix. Rules and regulations they shackle us to our problems, won’t you break those chains and take a leap of faith?

Johanne where do you go when you’re looking for your soul ‘cause that’s the only place that I’ll call my home

Highs and Lows

Written By: Yngve Wieland

When I was still an innocent child I decided to explore
All the things that as a little boy you should not even have heard

And I learned…
How both extremes the highs and lows can make you feel alive
And both of them in their own ways are making people cry

The give and take, the endless breaks, the rollercoaster ride
Don’t you see you can’t write about the things you’ve never even tried?

Well it’s the best excuse I’ve ever had to justify my tides
Some try to rectify it all through god or through our twisting minds

The aftermath isn’t easy to face especially on your own
It drives friends away so your only choice is to get back to that level again

Well I can write in knowledge now, it’s no longer a chore
It’s become a crutch, oh welcome crutch, I don’t want to walk without you now

I don’t want to walk without you now

I can feel what’s going on inside but really don’t want to know
Because when I go up and down in this kind of mood life is an entertaining show

Both extremes the highs and lows can make you feel alive
And both of them in their own ways are making people die

I don’t want to walk without you now
I’m gonna have to walk without you now
I don’t want to walk without you know
I’m gonna have to walk without you now

Tell Men This

Written By: Yngve Wieland

The only face that never cries
With arms that never stop clocking time
Until the day the battery dies
When it won't be able to move or cry

Tell men this if you give love a miss it'll only be your mama comes looking for a kiss. And when you're done please tell mum: “I know you're a good kisser but it's time I moved on”. Where does it leave me stand? Where does it leave me stand? The need to be a man

You can kiss you're mum until you're 8
After that it’s out of place
It’s just not right to let her near
When all the others kids can jeer

Tell men this if you give love a miss it'll only be your mama comes looking for a kiss.

You know every man once shed a tear
About someone whom they held most dear
The only time I let love near
Is when I do something I once feared

And when you're done please tell mum: “I know you're a good kisser but it's time I moved on”. Where does it leave me stand? Where does it leave me stand? I need to be a man

Need to be, need to be a man yeah…

Please on the cheek not on the lips
And whatever you do don’t grind those hips
All your dignity’s on the floor
Jus because your mum adores you

Discography

Yngve - Tell Men This
For Release Sept 2008
01. Innocence
02. The Gondola Song
03. Leather Book
04. Little Boy
05. Keep On Calling Me
06. Middle Child Syndrome
07. Highs and Lows
08. (Sing a) Protest Song
08. Tell Men This
09. I Like Vanilla Better
10. Build A Spark

Live @ Radio City
Limited Home Release 2006
01. (Sing a) Protest Song
02. Credit When It's Due
03. Little Boy
04. Innocence
05. Leather Book

Yngve : Four Weeks
PSTT001 (Posttone Records) 2005
01. Snow in the East
02. Good Times are the Hardest to Understand
03. Easier for You
04. Beauty Queen
05. Space to be Yourself

Live @ Barry's EP
Limited Home Release 2004
01. Always Trying to Please
02. How hard can it be?
03. Soul Operator
04. Beauty Queen
05. Make Mistakes

Set List

Have You No Love
Wave That Boy Goodbye
Not So Strange
Chest In My Head
You May Find Me / Fall Down
Still Won't Learn
Before We Call It a Night
The Gondola Song
Innocence
Middle Child Syndrome
Leather Book
Keep On Calling Me
Highs and Lows
Tell Men This
(Sing a) Protest Song
Cigarette Smoke Floats
Little Boy
Build a Spark