New Release & Video: James Yorkston – The Route To The Harmonium / My Mouth Ain’t No Bible

Photo Credit: Ren Rox

James Yorkston will release his new album The Route To The Harmonium on Feb 22nd 2019. Produced by Yorkston and David Wrench, it is James’ first solo record since 2014’s Cellardyke Recording And Wassailing Society (CRAWS), and follows the two collaborative albums he made as one third of Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, as well as the release of his debut novel ‘Three Craws’ in 2016

Alongside the announcement, James has shared new song My Mouth Ain’t No Bible – one of three thrilling spoken-word pieces on the record. It thrums insistently, military snares punching away, Yorkston’s delivery interplaying as two competing voices, one of himself, the other a lost musician friend, “a spare hand, a hired hand, a deck hand” who was unable to prevent self-destruction…

The album was almost entirely recorded by James himself, in the small Scottish fishing village of Cellardyke, where he lives. Yorkston’s studio is a ramshackle old loft space, originally used to repair fisherman’s nets, and now stuffed full the antique instruments James has collected throughout his life as a musician. Having created hours of recordings, James called up his old collaborator David Wrench – the mixer and producer who has worked with the likes of Caribou, Four Tet, Frank Ocean, FKA Twigs and David Byrne – and someone who has worked on James’ albums since 2003 – to help make sense of the sessions

James states: “I guess, as a musician and writer, I find myself reacting to what goes on around. So, this album is about life, the life that carries on around me. There’s family, place, and the being away from family that the life of a touring musician brings… But there’s also reference to friends departed – the hows, the whys – When a friend jumps ship it’s always a haymaker to the gut, you know? And this album is about them, but it’s more about us, us who are left behind…”

James Yorkston will head out next month for his traditional solo Christmas shows, with a full UK tour following in May, whilst in January, Yorkston/Thorne/Khan will take in a tour of Ireland…

19th December – The Lexington, London
20th December – Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham
1st April – Perth Theatre, Perth
2nd May – Summerhall, Edinburgh
3rd May – Òran Mór, Glasgow
4th May – Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine
5th May – Waiting Room, Eaglescliffe
6th May – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
7th May – Islington Assembly Hall, London
8th May – Reading Arts Centre, Reading
9th May – Gallery, Milton Keynes
10th May – Dukes, Lancaster
11th May – Launderette, Durham
13th May – Louisiana, Bristol
14th May – The Moon, Cardiff
15th May – The King’s Arms, Manchester
16th May – Trades Hall, Hebden Bridge
24th May – Tolbooth, Stirling

Upcoming Yorkston/Thorne/Khan live shows…

18th January 2019 – Cleere’s, Kilkenny
19th January 2019 – Dolan’s, Limerick
22nd January 2019 – The Workman’s Club, Dublin
24th January – Out To Lunch Festival, Belfast
25th January 2019 – Coughlan’s, Cork
26th January 2019 – Phil Grimes, Waterford