Yo Soybean: Feathers of Aluminum
"Feathers of Aluminum" the new debut record from Yo Soybean is the sound of a songwriter's emergence and his collaborations with a multi-instrumentalist producer as well as a revolving cast of characters.
The instrumentation in the Yo Soybean playbook is diverse featuring classical stringed instruments, woodwinds and hand drums as well as acoustic guitar, upright bass and harmonica. The atypical rhythm section is enhanced with loops and live drum kit performances.
The mood of the music itself varies from celebratory to tragic, exploring themes of loss and finality. Although weighty material comprises the bulk of Nick Mallis's lyrical expression his composition, enhanced and realized by Darian Cornish's bold production, lifts the experience of suffering into a cathartic melodic reflection.