Braw Power

Yip Man


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  • Label: Armellodie Records
  • Released Date: 22nd November 2016
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Yip Man is the alter-ego of Scottish songwriter Al Nero, the former frontman of blissful guitar slingers Le Reno Amps and the co-founder of Glasgow’s Armellodie Records.

Since Le Reno Amps bowed out in 2011 one might be forgiven for thinking that outside of co-running Armellodie Nero has been somewhat idle. In truth he has been undergoing metamorphosis. He’s been away. Al Nero went to China… Yip Man came back.

You may choose to imagine Nero on his oriental adventure, squinting against the setting sun in sprawling dusty wastelands, or atop snow-capped peaks holding earnest conversation with stationary holy men, or perhaps brushing the Mongolian border astride a saddleless galloping horse. Maybe that’s true, or maybe he was in a bar. Whatever happened on our protagonist’s travels the resulting music displays Yip Man’s ability to melt down a rainbow of musical possibilities into an irresistible marriage of riff & melody in the brightest of colours.

From the explosion of the lop-sided opener ‘Barnburner’ and the synth-riddled rocking of ‘Not That Easy’, to the Calypso carnival of ‘For Your Own Good’ and Pavement-esque brain-rockin’ of ‘Skinny White Ghost’. The songs on ‘Braw Power’ find Nero lyrically and poetically tackling his own existential ennui, whilst sounding like a man who just found the last Golden Ticket in his Wonka Bar.

Yip Man brings it all, inadequacy, lies, loss, bitterness, infidelity, empty beds and the horrible certainty that whatever he’s just got over, he’s doomed to live through again and again. It’s no accident that ‘Stuck on Repeat’ reappears as the album’s ominous coda. Nero’s metamorphosis into Yip Man might not have been a gruesome Kafkaesque shift in species, but it has produced a darker, smarter and completely unapologetic writer of intelligent pop songs, stuffed full of unusual ideas and fresh interpretations of trope. With grand ambitions tempered by a homely charm, you can be sure that whatever life throws at Yip Man, he’ll bat it straight back with his killer hooks.

“Fiercesome Powerpop” – Vic Galloway (BBC Radio Scotland)

“Laced with a Weezer-esque sense of fun, big riffs and appreciation of guitar pop… a delight” Andy Malt (CMU)

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Track Listings

1. Barnburner
2. Not The Easy
3. In The Book
4. Crying Thunderstorms
5. Kings and Queens
6. Stuck on Repeat
7. For Your Own Good
8. Silver Wings
9. Skinny White Ghost
10. This Girl I’m Bound
11. Taxi
12. It’s About Time We Stopped.

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