Yo No Say is enigmatic. They sound like several bands married into one singular idea complete with a quick taste for the catchy and eclectic. In just one portion size of Get Lost comes a tantalizing groove amalgamation of funky alternative, straight indie rock and reggae influence. It stems from their keen knowledge and stylistic prowess rather than the forced genre crafting of less educated minds trying to play a scene.
Yo No Say comes from a place not unlike Incubus or 311 where talented musicians choose to break the norms of one-dimensional songwriting because they have so much more to offer. They bridge their subtle musical changes with intelligence and set up lucrative chord progressions as well as style specific nuances so as to better apply the listener to what’s happening and what’s to come. No matter what turns they take, Yo No Say keeps the beat in mind and almost never loses sight of a beautiful chorus.
The first half of Get Lost has such movement and bright vibes of conscious lyrics with sweet licks and infectious rhythmic colors. The easy standout track for me is “Cure for Nature.” It encompasses every detail mentioned earlier along with the band’s harmonious blend and delicately intense hooks.
“Run For Your Life” opens with a solid two-strum guitar rhythm that works alongside a slow grooving pulse before plunging into an old time rock n’ roll beat right out of a very Incubus Happy Days. Stepping back for a moment, let’s indulge in “Half-Built Temple.” It’s got a slower pace than the other tracks but hits just as good.
This one is almost like a late ‘80s soft rock tune with embedded beauty especially in the vocal line and guitar pattern, which sounds like a slightly altered version of Satriani’s “Always With Me, Always With You.” With just one listen, Yo No Say left a great impression on my ears and I think they’ll do the same for you.
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