Formed in 2018, Bristol-based transatlantic duo Yard Arms are a jangle-pop powerhouse offering up a taste of late noughties euphoria and heartfelt melancholy. The band comprises of long time collaborators Noah Villeneuve and Billy Golding, whom keen followers of the Bristol music scene will remember from previous projects such as Archimedes.
The first nine months saw them release their hauntingly beautiful debut EP ‘Maiden’ which received continual support from BBC Introducing, and saw them playing notable shows with bands such as Crooked Colours, Band of Skulls and China Bears, as well as a headline slot at Rough Trade in support of Record Store Day.
Their Sophomore EP, ‘ A Glossary of Broken Humans & Beating Heats’, recorded, mixed and mastered at Stage 2 Studios with Producer Josh Gallop (Phoxjaw) is released today, November 1st.
‘A Glossary of Broken Humans & Beating Hearts’, unlike ‘Maiden’, which was an exploration of heartache and a relationship breakdown, instead focuses more outwardly and is a commentary on the human condition, mental health and trauma.
The lyrics present a refreshingly honest take on suffering and hurt, delving into the lives of Villeneuve’s close companions from the past 18 months. This collection of tracks creates an enchanting world to escape to, allowing you to revel in emotional catharsis. Musically, the EP’s dynamic is reminiscent of artists such as The National, Death Cab For Cutie, The Cure, American Football and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
The leading single ‘Comfortable’, was released September 6th and saw them championed by the likes of BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio. It’s a candid track that offers up emotive and atmospheric depth with their trademark raw lyrical charm.
Stream the EP: https://open.spotify.com/album/0OoZI1Dm3C8MtIXD83nxWp