Posts tagged ‘Yves Tumor’

April 7, 2021

The Midweekly – Yves Tumor

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

If this record was the soundtrack to an elaborate, romantic weekend the locations might include a fashion show with hologram models wearing gowns made of vapor. It might also include a dark cocktail bar in a refurbished bomb shelter somewhere in central Europe. And it definitely includes a lavish jacuzzi hotel room on a sunny coast. All of this curated by singer/songwriter/producer Yves Tumor, on their latest release, Heaven To A Tortured Mind. The Miami/Turin based artist collected styles like technicolor wigs for this album, and weaved them together into a wonderfully experimental production of chillwave, psychedelic funk, and soft, sexy rock. Packed with guest talents from singer/songwriters Diana Gordon (Beyonce’s Lemonade) and Julia Cumming (Sunflower Bean), to multi-instrumentalist Sylvain Carton (Japonize Elephants). Yves’ lyrics mostly reflect on the chaotic and passionate side of love for others and oneself, and occasionally stretch into the obscure. Sound isn’t the only realm they excel in. As a visual artist early in their career, YT pushes new boundaries in their videos as well. Check them out when you get a chance. What would heaven be to a tortured mind? Maybe to take a romantic weekend booked by a wildly eccentric artist. 

December 31, 2020

Fasman’s Finds – Kelsey Lu

Fasman’s Finds is our column from Rebecca Fasman (intrepid record nerd, DJ, and curator at the Kinsey Institute) in which she shares what she’s listening to and why. 

Bright-spots-of-2020 musicians Kelsey Lu and Yves Tumor (along with composer/pianist Kelly Moran and composer/producer/drummer Moses Boyd) released a new song on Christmas this year, called “let all the poisons that lurk in the mud seep out”. Kelsey left a major label recently and said about this new track that “…this song also marks an evolution since my departure from a major label, and the work I’ve done between then and now that’s been deconstructing the poisons that ever brought me any kind of doubt as to the power that lies within my artistry and killing it.  

The song opens and closes with layers of piano, voice, and strings rising and falling, sonically creating a sense of putting broken pieces back together again. In the middle, there is a beautiful and dare I say hopeful nugget of stretching and swaying percussive joy, perhaps made even more special because of the buttressing on either side by this woven tapestry of sonic and emotional fragmentation. In a year when we have all been so broken in so many ways, this song, which is ultimately about piecing ourselves back together again, is optimistic and exciting in ways I haven’t felt in a very long time. 

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