Black Book Magazine premieres “The Cloisters,” band to play Bottom of The Hill this weekend.
Yassou Benedict (L-R): Patrick Aguirre, A.J. Krumholz, Lilie Bytheway-Hoy, James Jackson. Photo credit: Gary Yost.
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“The Cloisters” is the first single and video from “In Fits In Dreams” by Yassou Benedict
Yassou Benedict’s new single “The Cloisters,” and its accompanying video, have premiered exclusively via Black Book Magazine. Formed when the members of this San Francisco-based band were attending high school in Hudson, New York, Yassou Benedict conveys a surreal longing in its music via unconventional structures and shifting time signatures that are bold, emotional, and immediate.
“We all flew back to Hudson to record,” says the band’s James Jackson (Guitar, Drums, Vocals) of Yassou Benedict’s debut EP “In Fits In Dreams,” out July 2nd. While they were there, the band’s producer Steve Durand, (also the director of “The Cloisters” video), introduced Yassou Benedict’s music to his friend and collaborator, former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins member, Melissa Auf Der Mauer.
“Melissa is also a resident of Hudson,” explains Jackson. “Steve played her some of our tracks, she really liked them, and offered to sing on them.” Auf Der Mauer can be heard on two “In Fits In Dreams” tracks, including “The Cloisters”.
With lyrics both personal and political, Yassou Benedict’s songs are inspired by coming of age in these turbulent times of progress and destruction, and they reflect the minds of a group of young individuals working to create music that is disconnected from any trends or revivals.
Each of the band members – the group also includes Lilie Bytheway-Hoy (Lead Vocals, Bass), Patrick Aguirre (Drums), and A.J. Krumholz (Guitar, Keys, Vocals) – brings wildly different tastes in music to the table.
“We dislike each other’s tastes for the most part,” jokes Jackson. “But, when we make music together, the differences lend themselves to this genre defying sound that we create. All of these influences come through in our music at different times.”
Yassou Benedict’s debut EP “In Fits In Dreams” will be released on the band’s own Be Easy Baby label on July 2nd, 2013. Its first single “The Cloisters” (featuring vocal contributions from Melissa Auf Der Mauer) is streaming now. Members of Yassou Benedict are is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
“In Fits In Dreams” EP
(Be Easy Baby – July 2nd, 2013)
03. Back Roads That Dead End
04. In Fits In Dreams
05. Last Cicada
Yassou Benedict Links
Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion