Premiere: Yawn Vibes - Hometown
Check out the melancholic yet uplifting and altogether too catchy sophomore single of majestic indie pop from Boorloo-based five-piece premiering today ahead of its release later this week
Catching a lot of ears with their undeniably Australian, lo-fi jangle pop debut single Stadium, a track that went on to be the ninth most played song on RTRFM in 2021, Yawn Vibes make a triumphant return with new single Hometown, which alongside it’s nostalgically fuzzy music video are premiering on Pilerats today ahead of their October 26 release.
An emotional, honest and raw cut of addictive indie pop, Hometown slowly builds from a catchy guitar chord progression and understated rhythm section to an epic, all-out chorus that packs exultant horns and shimmering keys alongside singer and songwriter Taylah McLean’s soaring vocals, that offer “ a visceral look at the personal hardships” she’s faced.
McLean expands on the creative process behind Hometown, explaining “I believe that there is merit in using storytelling as a tool for healing. It’s important to acknowledge that stories of resilience hold immense power. I contemplated writing Hometown as a conversation with my past, and in this regard it became a letter to my younger self. Originally it was a simple melody and a complex story from when I was on the cusp of my adulthood, and I felt very protective of myself when in the process of writing this song. When I brought the song to the band it was as if they lifted me up, not just through the creation of melody but through saying ‘we hear you.’ I felt like I could breathe after a period of holding my breath under water.”
Drawing on the many talents of the band and friends, Hometown was written and recorded on the traditional lands of the Noongar Whadjuk people in Boorloo (Perth) at Golding Sound Studio, with drummer Ryan K Brennan (Phantastic Ferniture) on engineering and production duties, keyboardist and vocalist Jess Nyanda Moyle (Jocelyn’s Baby) arranging the harmonies and keys, bassist and vocalist Rleanne Evangelista (JOYS) contributing to harmony arrangement, while the band were joined by Blake Robertson-Hall who arranged and performed all of the horns.
Give Hometown a listen and watch today before its October 26 release!