ALBUM REVIEW: Yeo – Desire Path

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Yeo is one of Australia’s best kept secrets. The electronic meet alt-pop producer has been kicking around in the local music scene for a couple years producing with some of the countries hottest newcomers like Asta and Commandeur. But it’s time for him to drop his latest studio album and show everyone the many different sounds of Yeo. “Desire Path” is a diverse collection of funky alt pop with groovy electronic beats and a whole lot of character. Album opener “Never Wanted That” is a funky RNB tinged track that intrigues with its pulsating drums and dancehall influences. The structure is similar to Drake and Rihanna’s collaboration “Too Good” and sees their vocals perfectly blending together for smooth harmonies. “Amy” is the first taste of a non-collab on the record and it’s a groovy synth track that is structured by very relaxed verses and then driven by a DIY feel hook. He confesses in the open love letter track “I’m no good at this one night stand shit, never could be the one left standing”. For “Three Dots” he continues this sound added with a RNB influence and guest vocals from Kira Puru giving the song a cool texture and a super vibey chorus. The Fractures collaboration “Chasing Shadows” then introduces a heavier dance production with a minimalistic drop but a collision of cool nostalgic 80’s synths. He has some unique storytelling on the record with a fresh quirkiness which is much needed in the music industry currently. “Be Your Frand” is instantly a highlight from it’s opening line “I bet you got too many friends saved on your phone, you probably just want to be left alone”. The reggae meets dancehall meet RNB vibe is something you could imagine Justin Bieber releasing. “Plug Me In” is rhythmic, vibey and grows on you with each listen while “Leavin” gives you the most abstract production. “@Snackswithyeo” is average at best but “Wannabe” feat. Take Your Time makes you quickly forget about it with its slick production and single worthy hook. The album closes with the minimalistic “He Ain’t I” which is a quirky song about having feelings for someone who already has another guy. It’s a bit anti-climatic but it works. I have a feeling this may be the closest we will ever get to hearing a ballad from Yeo but who knows he may surprise us on the next release? “Desire Path” captures the unique essence that is Yeo. It’s vibrant, catchy, quirky and has a lot of feeling. It has songs that you will instantly fall in love with, it has songs that will grow on you and it has songs that you are going to want to witness live. It’s the perfect record for a lazy Sunday afternoon where you’re trying to decide if you want to have a sneaky Sunday session or not.

You can catch Yeo live this September and October on his Desire Path Tour with special guest Lonelyspeck

 

DESIRE PATH TOUR

September 15 – Settlers, Margaret River* with Sun City

September 16 – Amplifier, Perth* with Feels + Angus Dawson

September 28 – Solbar, Sunshine Coast with Taylor Payne

September 29 – Foundry, Brisbane with San Mei

September 30 – Railway Club, Darwin*

October 6 – Rocket Bar, Adelaide with Allume + Take Your Time DJ

October 7 – Transit Bar, Canberra with ŠŁĄČK

October 13 – Worker’s Club, Geelong with Take Your Time + Small FRY DJ

October 14 – Howler, Melbourne with Eilish Gilligan + Alex Yabsley DJ

October 20 – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney with Commandeur

October 21 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle with FROYO

* Lonelyspeck not appearing

 

 

 

 

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