“Elegant, captivating and inspiring” – Indie Music People
“A bit of a discovery… that was rather good, wasn’t it?” – Dean Jackson, BBC Radio Nottingham
“Impeccable songs bearing a festival vibe, shot through with lashings of catchy riffs” – Arts In Leicestershire
Yakobo is a singer-songwriter and musical polymath, whose carefully-crafted songs and compositions have won hearts across the globe. He has been praised for his intricate soundscapes, thoughtful lyrics and a voice that ranges from delicate falsetto to huge, bellowing choruses. Yakobo’s music has drawn comparisons to Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake and James Bay. The final instalment of Yakobo’s EP trilogy, Maybe The Land Was Just a Dream, comes out on 7th April.
Yakobo’s live show has captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Whether playing with a band or solo, there is a raw honesty on display throughout the intimate hushed moments, gritty vocal outpourings and euphoric sing-along hooks that characterise Yakobo’s carefully measured songwriting.
Things began back in 2012 with the debut release Glimpses. Since then Yakobo has played at festivals and top venues around the UK supporting the likes of This Is The Kit, Chloë Howl and Mark Morris (ex Bluetones).
In May 2015 Yakobo ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund an EP Trilogy. The first EP from this set was released in October 2015, entitled Wander in the Wilderness. Opening track Dawn is Here has been featured by music curators, bloggers and critics worldwide.
The second EP from the trilogy, The Passage of Time, was released in August 2016. The pounding live favourite Goldmine sits alongside some of Yakobo’s most intimate and poignant songs to date.
Yakobo has also created the soundtracks for Xbox One/PS4/PC games Pneuma: Breath of Life and The Turing Test, and the feature documentary L’eglise Sur L’ocean. These soundtracks have earned Yakobo as much recognition as his original songwriting.
Maybe The Land Was Just A Dream, available from 7th April 2017, completes Yakobo’s EP trilogy. It shows more maturity in Yakobo’s songwriting; incorporating influence from jazz and great singer-songwriters of the past. It is more self-aware but less self-obsessed than the previous EPs. Some of the themes are darker than anything Yakobo has covered before, but the music grooves and bounces with more enjoyment too.
Join the mailing list below to receive the latest updates on recordings, releases, live shows and ways to get involved.