YAKOBO is a singer-songwriter and musical polymath whose songs have won hearts across the globe.
New EP ‘Maybe The Land Was Just a Dream’ available 7th April 2017.
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Yakobo is a singer-songwriter and musical polymath, whose carefully-crafted songs and compositions have won hearts across the globe. He has gained critical acclaim 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. There are intimate moments where you could hear a pin drop which give way to impassioned, gravelly vocal outpourings and euphoric sing-along hooks. Whether playing solo or with a band, Yakobo’s carefully measured songwriting comes across in a way that is not only musically accomplished, but also raw, intense and human.
In 2012 Yakobo released Glimpses; the product of many months spent tucked away in isolation, culminating in seven self-produced songs which set out the broad scope of what he could achieve. Glimpses encompassed folk, indie-rock and electronic styles with the golden thread of singer-songwriter James Currey’s voice running throughout. In the years following Glimpses Yakobo performed on countless stages, from tiny pubs and street corners to packed festival tents and occasional main-stage appearances. Yakobo has captivated audiences across the UK, whether playing solo or with an 8-piece band.
In 2015 Yakobo branched out into composing and producing works for various media, including the soundtracks for Xbox One/PS4/PC game ‘Pneuma: Breath Of Life’ and feature documentary ‘L’eglise Sur L’ocean.’ His second video game score to The Turing Test, released on 30th August 2016 in collaboration with Sam Houghton, received widespread critical acclaim. Many reviews and blogs cited the soundtrack as one of the game’s high points.
In early 2015 Yakobo ran a Kickstarter campaign which raised over £4,600 to start work on an EP Trilogy. Recorded at Vale Studios (London Grammar, Kodaline, The 1975), and mixed by Dave Sanderson (Reverend and the Makers), with a range of other professionals brought in to make the EPs and accompanying music videos.
Although the EP trilogy is not a concept project per se, a narrative arc is told as the series develops. Wander In The Wilderness, the first EP of the trilogy, came out in October 2015. The EP is full of youthful optimism, faith and hubris; while the subsequent 2nd EP is a little more worldly-wise, delving headlong into love, heartbreak and dusting oneself off to start again. New songs were paired alongside live favourite Goldmine, and the closing track ‘Head In The Sand’ connected with fans across the planet for its heartfelt writing after it was featured by Alex Rainbird Music.
The final instalment of the trilogy will be released on 7th April 2017, alongside a launch show with the full Yakobo band. This third EP, Maybe The Land Was Just a Dream, sees Yakobo explore broader genres and lyrical themes whilst retaining the core sound developed in previous EPs. The journey of self-discovery that began with Wander in the Wilderness has almost been eclipsed by doubt and cynicism. But there is plenty of room for hope within these songs. To add to that, it’s the most fun music Yakobo has made so far. The lyrics are more self-aware but less self-obsessed, and the whole band audibly grooves more than ever. The release has been tipped as one of the top 5 to look out for in 2017 by Storge Music.
Yakobo has an exciting string of live dates and festivals booked throughout the rest of the year following the EP release, and more music videos and extra content are set to drop soon.
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“Before anything else, Yakobo has soul. Inspired by the likes of legends and classic songwriters such as Jeff Buckley, Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell, the Derby musician is making a big impact with his own powerful sound.” – Sophie Sparham, Derby Telegraph
“Well that was rather good, wasn’t it?” – Dean Jackson, BBC Radio Nottingham
“It’s impressive… a really distinctive voice” – Ricky Ross, Deacon Blue/BBC Radio Scotland
“Elegant, captivating and inspiring” – Indie Music People
“A treat for your ears” – Nusic
“Impeccable songs bearing a festival vibe, shot through with lashings of catchy riffs” – Arts In Leicestershire
Featured by numerous media outlets including BBC Introducing, Derby Telegraph and many blog sites
Performed at festivals including Y Not, Dot To Dot, Strawberry Fields, 2Q Festival, Northern Green Gathering, KingsStock and The Treehouse Festival
Supported This Is The Kit, Chlöe Howl, She Makes War, Chris T-T, Big Sixes, Mark Elliot and Martha Bean
Raised over £4,600 on Kickstarter to fund EP recording
Over 550,000 YouTube views for videos featuring Yakobo music