From Kansas City in the USA surface the alt-rock quintet of Jared White (Guitar), Willie Jordan (Bass), Jacob Temeyer ( Guitar / Keys), Joe Wilner (Drums) and Kianna Alarid (Vocals) who form Yes You Are.
The tempered sounds of Yes You Are stretch across a palette of colours from shiny white to deep aubergine and it is when they step towards the richer colour scheme that I most enjoy their music. Given there are only three songs I have been able to hear, that is quite a range. The quintet are tempted to reach for the mainstream of radio play but underlying the creativity is a soul of rock influences and they are still exploring the avenue to pursue. One can only hope they retain that scruff inside the smartly pressed presentation.
Superbly delivered compositions allow the audience much to engage with as the electronics billow expansive refrains whilst a solid bass insists on keeping all the feet on the ground. The guitar provides the expressive flow of the tracks whilst percussion carefully negotiates the disparate elements. The singular vocal lifts the out-put from ‘interesting’ to ‘must hear’ as Kianna threads between melodic accompaniment and forceful commentary.
I look forward to hearing in which direction of travel Yes You Are head in 2016. It will come as no surprise to regular readers I would have a preference for the gritty rather than the over polished but where ever they journey, I wish them well as they have much to add to the world of music.
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