On their self-titled debut, out June 3, San Francisco’s Yesway (aka Emily Ritz and Kacey Johansing), make lush folksongs a la Yellow House-era Grizzly Bear, with gorgeous, hushed harmonies and unexpected twists and turns throughout.
Opener “Whoacean” has abstract “ooohs” and “aahs” over sturdy acoustic guitars and light percussion, while “Carried Away” uses guitar harmonics, bells and the women’s swelling chorus of “When you go/ I get carried away.” Standout track “Howlin’ Face” starts with harplike fingerpicking punctuated by electronic pings and bleak, muted beats, as Ritz and Johansing sing about a coming storm with howling dogs and falling trees being struck by lightning. Like a storm’s cycle, the calm is disrupted as the guitar gets swallowed up by synths, bells and chilly drum beats, before it finally returns to the breezy verse it started with.
Stream Yesway in its entirety below, and catch Yesway on tour this summer.
Yesway tour dates:
May 28 – Pete’s Candy Store – Brooklyn, NY
May 31 – Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY
June 21 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
June 22 – Attelier Coffee Company, Ltd. – Seattle, WA
June 25 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA
June 27 – Henry Miller Memorial Library – Big Sur, CA
June 29 – Ojai Rancho Inn – Ojai, CA