About Yusuf Azak
Yusuf Azak is an Aberdonian songwriter who lives in Glasgow. After self-releasing two EPs he moved to Song, by Toad Records where he released two great albums, Turn on the Long Wire and Go Native.
His latest album, Peace in the Underworld, is an album of off-kilter folk pop songs with Yusuf’s unique vocals. Resembling 60s folk and psychedelia combined with intricate guitar techniques, Yusuf’s music has drawn comparisons to Elliott Smith and Nick Drake. The infectious single ‘Silver Rose’ received particular praise for it’s left field, indie-folk quality and subsequently received heavy rotation on BBC 6 Music.
“a distinct beauty… Something you’ll notice immediately about Yusuf’s music is the gruffness of his vocal, it’s sugary sweet and forever in-tune but it sure does sound like sandpaper rubbing against a light bulb; he has the kind of vocal where you’d genuinely loathe the man if he were faking it even a single percent, but thankfully I think our Yusuf is singing with truth. Once you’ve made your peace with his grazed gullet you’ll pick up on his ludicrously nimble fingers, Yusuf picks and plays with a hint of Dave Evans” —GoldFlakePaint
“Sounds like a lungful of autumn air… Inspiring stuff.” —STV
“Basically he sounds like a ghostly set of old bellows, wheezing in and out and managing to rather surprisingly generate some fantastic songs whilst doing so.” —Song, by Toad
“Dreamy, smokey, whimsical but a million miles from stoned mysticism… the idiosyncratic product of a highly individual talent.” —Music OMH
“I think it’s absolutely spellbinding. Forever transmitting from another world, or maybe just another bedsit, Azak lays down his groove in a spiritual, slightly ghostly manner” —Incendiary Magazine
“An individual sound, combining distinctive vocals and gorgeous guitar melodies – simple, but enrapturing.” —Dauphin Magazine