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Their name is taken from an ancient term for the New Forest That wooded, pony, pub, and witch filled corner of the south coast where all four members: Leon Diaper (Guitar/Vox), Lewis Baker (Drums), Jorge Stride (Bass), and Tom Baker (Guitar), spent their childhood.
Great Ytene (pronounced ‘eeten’) formed in London in early 2013, crating sounds between studios, practices spaces and their bedrooms the collected tracks for their self titled debut EP recently released via Bella Union.
jangles and fuzzes, with a descending guitarline that is very Byrds and a Floydish patina of strange.............. and highly accomplished for a debut – Paul Lester, The Guardian
The single anticipated the mood and feeling of the recent EP, produced, in two parts, first by Rory Atwell (Test Icicles) and then Iggy B (Money, Snowbird), which captures the band exploring their full patina of strange after playing shows with the likes of War On Drugs, Amen Dunes, Echo Lake, Jackson Scott and Cheatahs. The EP never settles for one uniform sound while echoing various vintage eras of psychedelia, from the Byrds/Pink Floyd models of the Sixties through Eighties ‘Paisley Underground’ champions Rain Parade, Nineties shoegazers Slowdive and contemporary foragers Deerhunter. Traversing through the warped pop majesty of ‘Away For Now’ and ‘Witch, through to the EP’s twin closing sixminute epics ‘Unknowing’ and ‘Suburban Lights’, it’s clear that Great Ytene are have the widescreen vision and haunting beauty to join such illustrious company.