MICHAEL YONKERS
Grimwood

IND 056 CD

A blend of fully-formed songs and sketches committed to posterity with what we can assume was not bleeding-edge recording technology, Grimwood is, to put it mildly, a rather disconcerting listen. Yonkers’ vocal delivery veers from stern to tremulous, while his unashamedly trippy lyrics often test the patience (not least on Lonely Fog). But those were different days, of course, and the desperation conveyed in The Day Is Through, seemingly recorded in front of a particularly busy beehive and featuring a repeated refrain of “I am lonely… very lonely”, seems real enough. Tripping Through the Rose Gardens also has an undeniable power.

~ David Davies
Record Collector