Album review - The Yellow Moon Band: Travels Into Several Remote Nations of the World
by Barnaby Smith, first published in LondonTourdates #039 ,30th January 2009
Although they are hardly household names, The Yellow Moon Band contains two of the most important figures on the contemporary British folk/psych scene. Jo Bartlett and Danny Hagan are the team behind the enduring Green Man Festival and have long settled for producing their own music as It’s Jo and Danny.
Teaming up with three friends, they have made an album that finally, finally offers the UK’s answer to the extraordinary freak-folk juggernaut across the Atlantic. At times this beautifully sprawling work sounds like a straightforward reworking of Fairport Convention pre-Liege and Lief, while at others we dwell in lengthy bluesy wig-out territory that Wishbone Ash would be proud of or the leftfield prog of a Gong or a Caravan.
Either way, it is always the sound of that hairy 60s-70s era that The Yellow Moon Band are channelling, and by keeping up with its spirit and injecting each track with a frantic rock and roll, they have succeeded in creating a magnificent debut.