Under the radar: yllwshrk

Drawing on a revolving cast of artists working in a range of different media, yllwshrk is proving greater than the sum of its parts, write Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon

Yllwshrk is a musical collaboration which extends beyond the six musicians at its core and enlists a range of artists, including several from other creative fields. The name is inspired by Frank Zappa’s contemporary classical album and swan song, The Yellow Shark, which he recorded with Germany’s Ensemble Modern.

However, yllwshrk’s latest single, Pyramids, veers more towards the experimental side of Roxy Music, thanks to singer Sam West’s vocal style and guest contributions by saxophone virtuoso Nick Roth and leading jazz light Fergus McCreadie on piano.

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The song is accompanied by an impressive video, directed by film-maker Eve McConnachie, which features choreographer and former principal dancer of Scottish Ballet, Eve Mutso, along with Ellie Fergusson, winner of BBC TV’s The Greatest Dancer. It sets the scene perfectly for the forthcoming I AM ALADDIN album, scheduled for a digital release on 16 October and pending a successful crowdfunder, also on vinyl. For details visit www.yllwshrk.com

Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run the Born To Be Wide music industry seminar and social events. For more information visit www.borntobewide.co.uk

The Academy of Music & Sound was founded in 1994, and has welcomed over 5,000 students into courses in popular music, production and music business over the years. The academy has launched a NEW Rap/Hip-Hop course and continues to provide full time courses, HND, BA(hons) and MMus in Music, see http://www.academyofmusic.ac.uk

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