John Lennon once said he didnâ€™t believe that musicians created emotions in their listeners. Rather, he believed that an artistâ€™s role is to bring feelings to the surface that already live deep within us. Thus, while all human beings are connected to one another in some way, there is a special bond we feel with the artists that help us shine a light within our own core.
A few days after George Harrison passed away in 2001, Yim Yames was moved to record this six-song EP of Harrison covers, paying tribute to a man that he never met, but with whom he felt a special connection. The tracks have a serene quality that mourn the loss of a legendary spirit while celebrating his enduring influence.
On the EP, Yames performs beautiful renditions of four cuts from Harrisonâ€™s classic album All Things Pass as well as two of the Beatles tunes that he penned. These six tracks have a raw, minimalist feel â€“ featuring little more than Yamesâ€™s vocals and acoustic guitar. With all the space, the room in which the tracks were recorded truly serves as another instrument in the mix, creating an ethereal aura for a backdrop.
From his warm, multi-layered vocals on opening track â€œLong Long Longâ€ to his near-whisper at the end of album closer â€œAll Things Must Pass,â€ Yames sings in a fittingly intimate manner. In the albumâ€™s liner notes, he refers to Harrison as â€œa prime example of the healing power of music.â€ These words apply just as much to this EP. As the final chords on Tribute To ring out, one canâ€™t help but feel a deep, satisfying sense of catharsis.
Tribute To Tracklist:
1.) Long Long Long
2.) Behind That Locked Door
3.) Love You To
4.) My Sweet Lord
5.) Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)
6.) All Things Must Pass
For those who canâ€™t wait until August to hear Tribute To, you can get a taste by checking out â€œBehind That Locked Door,â€ currently available for download on YimYames.com.