Olden Yolk, the New York-based group led by songwriters, vocalists, and multi-instrumentalists Shane Butler (of Quilt) and Caity Shaffer, are set to release their self-titled debut album on February 23rd via Trouble In Mind. After presenting “ Takes One To Know One” and “ Vital Sign”, the band have unveiled a third song, ” Cut To The Quick”.
The band say of the song/video, “Cut To The Quick is about reclaiming oneself when the pressures of the outside world seem to close in around you. The video was largely shot in NYC and Austin, TX; two places that have been homes to us at one time or another. It plays with abstraction, memory, and the simple acts we go through on a daily basis to construct some semblance of identity.
“The bridge of the song references an experience had at the Stonewall Monument in NYC shortly after the heinous shootings that took place at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL in 2016. Stonewall is an historical landmark at the site of the 1969 riots during which the gay liberation movement made headway in the fight for equal rights. At this time in 2016, it became a sort of temple to voice solidarity, mourn, and gather strength to move forward. Being there at that time and seeing so much strength and love expressed openly was an incredibly deep experience. The heart of the song lies in trusting oneself and finding the strength to move forward amidst the vagaries of life.”
Check out the video for “Cut To The Quick” – BELOW:
The band have also announced March shows in London, Margate and Bristol, plus EU dates. Details below…
Friday 23rd March – Mannheim, DE – Kulturbrücken Jungbusch
Saturday 24th March – Cologne, DE – Dynamite
Monday 26th March – BRISTOL – Hy-Brasil Music Club (free show)
Tuesday 27th March – MARGATE – Tom Thumb Theatre
Thursday 29th March – LONDON – Cafe Oto w/ Tony, Caro & John (tickets)
Friday 30th March – Antwerp, BE – Oude Badhuis
Wednesday 4th April – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
Thursday 5th April – Gent, BE – Trefpunt
Friday 6th April – Mechelen, BE – Zapoi
Olden Yolk is a group whose penchant for dystopian folk, abstract poeticism, and motorik rhythms have enveloped them in a sound uniquely of-the-moment yet simultaneously time-tested. The interlaced vocals of Butler and Shaffer are found guiding each composition on their enlivening self-titled debut. The project was initially conceived in 2012 by Butler as an outlet for one-off songs and visual art while touring and releasing albums with the band Quilt ( Mexican Summer). Following the release of a split-record with Weyes Blood in 2014, Olden Yolk became a collaborative entity.