Yosh & Yimmy is prepping for the release of their debut full-length studio album. It’s titled Three Rivers and has a drop date of June 24th. But first, for those of you not yet familiar with the act in question, a bit o’ background.
Yosh & Yimmy
The Three Rivers, Texas-based pair of singer-songwriter/musicians. According to their official website, the performing pair met back “in 2015 when Josh [Yosh] Glenn opened for Jimmy [Yimmy]Willden at the final show of his 2015 tour. [T]he two bearded gingers continued playing shows together.
Over time, the shows evolved into Yosh & Yimmy, as they performed as a duo, and began writing songs together.” Their debut disc, which dropped in 2019, was an EP titled Americana Summer. Their resume also includes their first live release, 2021’s Yosh & Yimmy: Yive in Concert, and a “winter” single “inspired by the energy-grid failure in Texas” titled “Midnight Sled Ride.” The singles “Down & Out”, “Proof” and “Breathe Again” have already received early airplay “across the U.S. and worldwide.”
Yosh & Yimmy’s signature sound is a blend of Americana and folk with sparsely employed elements of pop music.
Three Rivers is a 12-track album. The songs are all original and with one exception, were written by Glenn and/or Willden. Yosh and Yimmy are Glenn (lead vocals, harmonies, acoustic guitars, banjo, looping, “etc”.) and Willden (lead vocals, harmonies, acoustic guitars, and banjo). They are backed by co-producer Mason Shirley (electric guitars, bass, pedal steel, and banjo), Kris Redus (drums, percussion, and hammer dulcimer), Andrew Reyes (piano and keys), and Owen Stroud (organ).
Track by Track
The album opens on the folksy “Early Sun.” It’s a strong lead-in complete with noteworthy vocal harmonies and some welcome production elements that only serve to strengthen the track and get your attention.
The second selection is the most recently released single “Breathe Again.” This one is somehow reminiscent of something by The Byrds and a sly instrumental touch that ties into a lyrical mention of The Beatles.
The next number is the upbeat lead single “Down & Out.” It was co-written by Ty Dietz who is also featured on harmonica. It comes complete with a knee-slappin’ back porch country feel.
The “Proof” has its own little identity that earned its selection as a single. According to the website: If you receive one of the first 300 CDs, there is “an order discrepancy, where many of the songs after [this song] are out of the intended order.”
Yosh & Yimmy conclude: “These first 300 CDs are now, in fact, collector’s editions (you’re welcome).” Consider yourself lucky! (If you’re interested, Y & Y note the intended order of the songs on their website.)
Things slow down a bit with the intimate “I Can’t Help Myself.” Call it a calm ballad, a musical metaphor, or a confessional composition. It doesn’t matter. Just listen to it as the Y&Y tie in the personal with the universal.
“Without A Barrier” should be a single. It might not insist on itself, but It’s a quiet, stand-alone track. Melodie Chase guests on cello.
“Same Way (Wynter’s Song)” is soundtrack-ready. It’s one of those deep cuts that would work well in a motion picture.
“McKinley Farm” is one of those songs that are full of fun, pop culture references. If you’ve ever lived on a farm or even known an animal owner with a peculiar sense of humor you will most certainly appreciate this punny piece. Hey, how many times do you get to hear songs as fowl as this? It’s the beast!
“Seedless Watermelon” may not sound so silly to someone who doesn’t like spitting out the seeds. To be fair, it’s more a song about life, love, perseverance, and self-preservation, than any edible fruit.
“Some Kind Of Self” follows. This one goes in a different direction and that’s just fine. Indeed, regardless of the order of the tracks, the signature sound remains fluid but still solid.
Also included here is “Wake (Floyd’s Song).” It serves as one final, effective example of what the dueting duo can do when they co-compose.
The closing cut is the somewhat emotional “Ghosts In The Darkness.” It’s not really folksy but still fits. The two troubadours leave you wanting more as they bring the project to its conclusion. Emily Nelson guests on the cello.
Overall, this disc is an exceptional introduction to what the bearded boys can do in the studio and their current musical direction. It highlights their distinctive style, noteworthy harmonies, pensive song lyrics, and an occasionally obvious sense of humor. So, check out Yosh & Yimmy’s Three Rivers and truly “Breathe Again.”