In early 2010 Autumn Ferment helpedrelease a very limited supply of Harvey's double cdr album which came housed inlovingly handmade woollen pouches. They sold out so quickly it was a bit of ablink and you missed it kind of affair.
Now Harvey Lord and his Existence areback on AFR with an outstanding 17 track album calledYokereleased on October the 31stmaking it the mostperfect soundtrack for the autumn.
Yokeis chiefly an album of Harvey's observations and mind bogglingstories of illicit whisky stills, poachers, blue bears, "rats and weird things"and Alfred Wainwright's ghost, but in amongst the tales are beautifulinstrumental compositions filled with an array of instruments ranging from hangdrum and musical saw to accordion and ocarina, strings and brass, guitar andpercussion. The many sweet moments ofsong and instrumental decadence gives solid proof of the talented musicianshipand tightness within the band.
This is an album of folk tales both oldand new, sweet and strange, heavily imbued with the history and lore of theNorth of England, albeit slightly fringed with a folky psychedlia with equalmeasures of autumnal melancholy and fireside revelry.