YAWNING SONS to release new album ‘Sky Island’ on March 26th via Ripple Music; stream first single « Shadow & Echoes » via Brooklyn Vegan!

YAWNING SONS, the transatlantic collaboration between instrumental desert legends Yawning Man and UK trance rock cultists Sons of Alpha Centauri, share the details and artwork for their upcoming sophomore album ‘Sky Island’, to be released on March 26th and available to preorder today through Ripple Music. Stream first single « Shadows and Echoes » exclusively on Brooklyn Vegan! 

For ‘Sky Island’, the original YAWNING SONS line up that delivered the ‘Ceremony to the Sunset’ debut in 2009 returned, once again including exclusive performances from Mario LalliScott Reeder and Wendy Rae Fowler. However, this desert rock heritage line up now includes highly respected desert rock stalwart Dandy Brown (Hermano, Orquesta del Desierto), also joining the band by performing on several tracks.
New single « Shadows and Echoes » is a golden ticket to the Yawning Sons sound, with Wendy Rae Fowler’s compelling vocals softly gliding atop Gary Arce and Marlon King’s reverb-laden riffs and the sky-gazing drive of Nick Hannon on bass and Kyle Hanson on drums.

Stream new single « Shadows and Echoes » on Brooklyn Vegan

Bassist Nick Hannon about « Shadows and Echoes »: « The music of Shadows and Echoes and the mesmerising vocal performance from Wendy captures the pure essence of what we feel Yawning Sons is about. When we hit the studio together we wanted to ensure that our concepts remained true and the way Gary and Marlon play off each other is completely unique and organic. This track is open and direct!« 

Mastered by John McBain (Desert Sessions, Monster Magnet), ‘Sky Island’ will see a March 26th release through Ripple Music and can be preordered now in the following formats:
– LTD edition vinyl (white and sea blue color with green splatter)
– Black vinyl
– Limited edition digipack CD
– Digital

YAWNING SONS New album ‘Sky Island’
Out March 26th on Ripple Music
European preorder – US preorder

1. Adrenaline Rush
2. Low In The Valley
3. Cigarette Footsteps
4. Passport Beyond The Tides
5. Shadows and Echoes
6. Digital Spirit
7. Gravity Underwater
8. Limitless Artifact

« Look at that moon: we’re really in the desert now. » — Gary Arce, Desert Sky Studios 2018.

And with those words, the recording session of the second YAWNING SONS album concluded. Recorded live in the deepest part of Joshua Tree, ‘Sky Island’ reinforces Yawning Sons as a collaborative phenomenon firmly adjoining desert rock heritage with progressive instrumentation. 

Before they gathered in Joshua Tree, the YAWNING SONS story started in 2008 when, during the pre-production of their then second album, Sons of Alpha Centauri invited Gary Arce from Yawning Man over to the UK to work with them to develop and record some of the material. From the very first initial session, it was evident that something unique and special had been born. Drenched in reverb and swirling in ambience, the band YAWNING SONS had taken flight. The band, a portmanteau of the two respective collaborative bands, was joined by fellow Yawning Man founder Mario Lalli (Fatso Jetson, Desert Sessions), Scott Reeder (Kyuss, The Obsessed) and Wendy Rae Fowler (Queens of the Stone Age, earthlings?) on vocals. Their debut album ‘Ceremony to the Sunset’ was released in 2009 to near universal critical acclaim, and within five years was re-released on vinyl, heralded as a « desert classic » and Yawning Sons had progressed to cult status. 

In 2020, the band joined the respected ranks of leading Californian independent powerhouse Ripple Music for the release of their sophomore studio album ‘Sky Island’, to be issued on March 26th, 2021.

Gary Arce — guitars
Marlon King — guitars/vocals
Nick Hannon — bass
Stevie B — drums
Kyle Hanson — drums
Blake — effects

‘Sky Island’ vocalists: 
Marlon King on « Adrenaline Rush »
Dandy Brown on « Low in the Valley », « Gravity Underwater »
Mario Lalli on « Cigarette Footsteps »
Wendy Rae Fowler on « Shadows and Echoes »
Scott Reeder on « Digital Spirit »