YALLS | Settle Down
I first heard of California’s Yalls (aka Dan Casey) via the fledgling music collaborative site, Portals. He created a marvelous cut, “Sayfixed”, that was part of a 16-song mix kicking off the music site’s first days of existence. Now he’s got another track, “Settle Down”, but this time it’s a song that will be featured on a 3-song EP, “Fantasy”, that will be released on February 21st via Gold Robot Records. You can order it on bone-colored vinyl, but be aware it’s limited to 500 copies. Yalls is experimental, creative as hell, and all over the map with a highly inventive style. “Sayfixed” moved languorously through reverberation, deliberately muddied vocals, and slow-building elegance — while “Settle Down” begins on the run. Jangly keyboard melodies accent a choral unison that builds into spacey synth outbursts and party-time anthem-making: “I’m constantly retracing my steps in life …” This is one of the best tracks of the year so far. Dude simply knows how to create. “Settle Down” will move you to do anything but what the title suggests. It’s a cosmic freakout-party inside a supernova. You can download the track below by going to Gold Robot’s soundcloud page. Note: All lyrics are unofficial. Follow Yalls at facebook and bandcamp. — David D. Robbins Jr.