How I love this split! I was in some desperate need of new Yawning Man material and since I returned from DesertFest Berlin it left my turntable only once, so I could listen to Sungrazer’s Mirador, which I also bought at the Festival.
The Yawning Man songs both run slightly more than 5 minutes. The vibe is quite like it is on the Pothead EP, but with the obvious (or audible) difference of Mario Lalli playing bass instead of Billy Cordell. It’s all dark and gloomy … Simply love it.
Fatso Jetson deliver as well. As always there are these catchy riffs and the unique vocals of Mario Lalli, who’s singing about what he’s not singing about in Mono Decay (“It’s not about pussy and its not about the cars”). Although Trans World Sleep runs nearly 7 minutes it stays direct all the time … Simply love it!
Mario Lalli combines both of his so very different bands perfectly with this Split-EP. The dark and dreamy Yawning Man songs seem like a intro/outro to the catchier Fatso Jetson tracks. Framing them with the instrumental Yawning Man themes was the only way to release the split without having a critical break between the vinyl-sides. In this constellation it all seems very organic and natural. I love every second of this 21-minute long EP and I pity everyone over there in the U.S. who’s not able to listen to this glory.
I keep my fingers crossed, hoping for you guys that they bring some leftover copies back home. On their homepage Yawning Man has annouced, that they’ll start recording their next full-length LP Gravity Is Good For You as soon as their back in the States. Let’s hope they’ll release it this year!
In the meanwhile feel free to check the discogs-page of the Split-EP, which I created: http://www.discogs.com/Yawning-Man-Fatso-Jetson-Split/release/4521835