We’re releasing a new Yusuf Azak EP. It consists of solo piano versions of some songs from the album Peace in the Underworld, plus a brand new song which is also piano and voice, with some bonus strings, on the cassette version.
When we did our Gerry Loves the Highlands and Islands tour in April, we spent a lot of time hanging around in venues, waiting. Lots of these venues had a piano, and it became clear very quickly that Yusuf could play all his songs on piano, as well as any popular song you could think of. So amongst the slightly drunken renditions of Bowie, Elton John and the Stones, he would play beautiful piano and voice versions of songs from his new album. We knew we had to get him to record some of these, and it happened to coincide nicely with Cassette Store Day.
Available on digital and very limited cassette.
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“a really unusual singer songwriter and a great guitarist” —Vic Galloway, BBC
“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