Listen : EMÆL “Yellowtail (FMK)”

Listen : EMÆL “Yellowtail (FMK)”

Yellowtail brings the typical cello-laden harmonious indie sound of EMÆL and slams it into a peg-legged neo-soul groove creating a fresh eclectic sound unlike anything you’ve ever heard. With lyrics inspired by 13th Century poet Rumi’s “Chickpea to Cook”, the band explores the struggles of staying grounded in ones true self when constantly inundated with the obstacles or mundaneness of daily life. While traveling in Mexico, frontman Emmanuel Ventura-Cruess heard a little girl singing melodies on the street; accompanying her on guitar, he recorded her singing and it inspired some of the melodies in the song. Yellowtail was birthed from an asymmetrical 15/4 groove idea that came from drummer Joris Hoogsteder; inspired by Chris Dave and Hiatus Kaiyote. The neo-soul style is a new frontier for EMÆL contrasted yet complimented by their wispy dorian vocal lines. The two voices each act as their own melodies weaving and dancing together simultaneously creating beautifully jagged harmony. The song closes with a hopeful plea urging the listener to engage their creative energies. “Don’t fold your kite!”