Thursday, July 29, 2010

Yawning Man - Rock Formations (2006)

1. "Rock Formations" (5:21)
2. "Perpetual Oyster" (5:22)
3. "Stoney Lonesome" (6:02)
4. "Split Tooth Thunder" (2:58)
5. "Sonny Bono Memorial Freeway" (3:52)
6. "Airport Boulevard" (5:22)
7. "Advanced Darknuss" (2:33)
8. "She Scares Me" (4:09)
9. "Crater Lake" (3:37)
10. "Buffalo Chips" (4:27)

It was just over two years ago that I traveled to Hawaii in what was hopefully my first visit of many. My only regret is that I did not know of Yawning Man's 2006 album Rock Formations prior to my trip.

The layering of surfer/stoner rock sound produced on this LP envelop the listener in a visualization of the endless joy of a life lived on the beach.  Rock Formations is the soundtrack to riding teal colored waves just off a sun splashed beach.

There are no vocals on this album, just a basking of beach ambiance.  Virtually unknown outside of the stoner rock scene, Yawning Man is well worth a listen if any of this imagery irks the adventurous side inside that yearns for a weekend beach excursion or a life forever transported to the coast.

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