Yoshi the Exile is an artist from Lancaster, Pennsylvania who recently released Yoshi The Exile EP. He makes certified folk music although it didn't feel like the late ’60s inspired Dylan folk which still seems to be the most popular form. It’s somewhat ironic that an American folk singer reminded me more of English folk music. There is a hint of Donovan as well as Pink Floyd when they utilized not much more than an acoustic guitar.
The EP starts with “Exile” and I think most people familiar with Pink Floyd can hear some of the similarities. I thought the vocals had a breathy, air like quality. They sounded almost stoic but not monotone. The guitar work is solid as well with minor atmospheric elements.
The next song “Padiddle (Demo)” seemed to be a really cool tune. I like the picking pattern. The recording quality is really so lo-fi I couldn’t appreciate it for what it was. It sounds like he put a blanket over the microphone or something. “The Curse of Héloïse (Demo)” sounds much better. The airy vocals are back and I was digging the vocal melodies right off the bat. It’s the vocal harmonies that really make it sound full and on the verge of sounding like a chorus singing. The lyrics depict an adventure across majestic land. He sings, “You traveled the east, I the west / You conquered their hearts, and I the rest / and now down any road, is a den of thieves where I belong.”
“Once in a Blue Moon, Forever” contained some of his best guitar work. He plays a hypnotic and quite beautiful picking pattern. It’s very Beatles-esque at moments. This song might be the highlight. He has some more success with “The Daggermouth Blues” which follows the same vibe as “Once in a Blue Moon, Forever.” The guitar tone is different which sounds great. The vocal melodies are exceptional. He closes with “No Light (Acoustic)” which veers closest to the style he starts with,
My only critique is that I wanted some more consistency with the recording quality. I would like to hear a professional recorded version of his music.
I thought his guitar playing and vocal style was actually refreshing to hear. There aren’t too many folk artists who sound like this. I’m excited to hear more. Recommended.
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