James Yorkston - The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society
Recorded by Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, and featuring guest appearances from KT Tunstall and The Pictish Trail - among others - James Yorkston's latest installment of Scottish folk may only have a couple of songs that will make you lift your head from the pillow, but is a worthy, if unthreatening collection for those long winter evenings spent by the fire.
The first highlight is ‘Guy Fawkes’ Signature’, an Arab Strap-like piece of storytelling that benefits from its unusual - but strangely hypnotic - calypso backing. ‘Broken Wave’ is the true standout, a breath-taking and heart-breaking ode to Yorkston’s long term double bass player Doogie Paul, who passed away from cancer in November 2012. Tissue sales are going to go through the roof. Those two tracks aside, the hour-long playing time may initially test patience - especially when it comes to slighter numbers like 'King Of The Moles' - but those amenable to Yorkston's way with the genre will be comforted by the album's familiar hues and sonics.