James Yorkston returns with his 4th studio album. When the Haar Rolls In is out on the 1st of September. James has previously spoken about his influences and he’s more in tune with his roots than people maybe give him credit for. Along with the Athletes he is also joined by the legendary Norma Waterson, Mike Waterson, Marry Gilhooly and Olly Knight. Now if that doesn’t whet your appetite I don’t know what will.
According to his label, Domino, there is a lot to please both old and new fans with:
some very lush arrangements of all sorts: the timpani, clarinets, violins, vibraphone, concertinas, bull bass, prepared pianos, mandolins, bouzoukis, banjos and wine glasses.
“Haar”, by the way, is the sea fog that rolls off the North Sea.
It’s pretty common up in the East Neuk of Fife and plays havoc with drying the washing, apparently. There are more celebrations of human frailty and tales of waking up drunk in unfamiliar surroundings, throwing rocks at magpies, dogs chasing ghosts, stubborn sea winds, regrets and joys and smiles and peace and quiet and love and hate and more love. Better than that though, it’s a beautiful, honest album.
Also, for those avid fans there is a 1000 limited edition Deluxe boxset including:
– CD edition of When the Haar Rolls In and double 10″ vinyl Long Player of When the Haar Rolls In which will include an extra track
– CD of James Yorkston songs covered by Archie Bronson Outfit, King Creosote, U.N.P.O.C and others
– CD of James Yorkston remixes including the rare Four Tet remix of ‘The Lang Toun’
– Exclusive James Yorkston Pin Badge
– Exclusive James Yorkston Canvas Bag
Not only this; one of the 1000 box sets will have a Golden Ticket which will grant one very lucky fan their very own James Yorkston composition written just for them and, if James is playing a town near them, will perform the song live at the show.
The When the Haar Rolls In Deluxe Box Sets will be available to pre-order from Domino Mart later this week and When the Haar Rolls In will be out on CD, double 10″ vinyl and digital download on the 1st of September.
James Yorkston will also be performing live in August including a headline show with Lisa Knapp at London’s Roundhouse on 19th August.