Watch video now, taken from forthcoming album 'Yawn'
Yawn is Bill Ryder-Jones’ upcoming fourth album, out on November 2nd via Domino; Bill shared the first taste of it last month in ‘Mither’. He is now pleased to unveil ‘And Then There’s You’ – a flick-book of failed hopes underpinned with a brooding guitar riff that goes for the gut and succeeds. It features his stock-in-trade wordplay: “My mistrust, my mistress, takes me home again, my mistress, my mistrust, we’re alone again.”
A buckle-up and knuckle-down listen, Yawn rewards the listeners’ attention with motifs and melodies that play hide and seek but never fail to deliver on those between-the-lines verities. This musical belief of delayed gratification is something Bill learnt from classical music as a child, from Elgar and Debussy in particular – and over the long hall of his short life, you can hear these riches being polished on Yawn. Most of the 10 songs clock-in over the 5 minute mark and this wide-angle lens affords us time to interpret and translate meaning – or just to revel in it.
Multi-instrumentalist, producer, string-arranger and composer Bill Ryder-Jones has had a career spanning 15 years, a rarity in a world that so often looks to the new. From his musical interpretation of Italo Calvino’s ‘If On A Winters Night A Traveller' (If… in 2011), 2013’s A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart, the acclaimed West Kirby County Primary (2015) and now to Yawn, Bill has constantly widened his scope, weaving in an overarching sense of authenticity, intimacy and wryness as he goes.
Bill Ryder-Jones is heading out on a tour of the UK later this month including London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank. He will also play his biggest headline show to date at Liverpool’s Central Hall in December after supporting Gruff Rhys in Europe.
Wed 19th September – Chapel Arts, Bath Tickets
Thurs 20th September – Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London Tickets
Fri 21st September – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds Tickets
Sat 22nd September – Maryhill Community Central Hall, Glasgow Tickets
Sun 23rd September – Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester **SOLD OUT**
Thurs 13th December - Central Hall, Liverpool Tickets
Yawn is available to pre-order on Dom-Mart exclusive deluxe LP (signed clear heavyweight vinyl + bonus 7”), indie exclusive deluxe LP (clear heavyweight vinyl), LP, CD (Dom-Mart exclusive CD will be signed) and digitally. Pre-order: Dom Mart | Digital