Dusty and generally broken sounding music often possesses a ghostly quality that’s heightened by its lo-fi quality, but only when it’s done right. London-based songwriter Bruce O Yates certainly knows how to do lo-fi appropriately, impressing with his compelling debut track, “Sisyphus (Rock to Roll).” While deceivingly simple, the spectral track projects a grandiose sense of feeling thanks to its deliberately damaged aesthetic.
In an email, Bruce said the song is “about the comparisons between Rock ‘n’ Roll and the Homeric Hero. An attempt a recognising what makes classic art, and trying to recognise how consistent the Western canon has been. Both are vital arenas of the ramblin’ & abandonin’ male self-image which present an interesting mirror when held up today. Both inspire a sense of noble simplicity and calm grandeur. Primary colours. Cut from marble.”
Sounding like it would fit right in during a performance at Twin Peaks’ Roadhouse, Bruce does an excellent job at painting a delightfully forlorn tone on “Sisyphus.” Listen to premiere of the track below, and look for more from Bruce O Yates later this year.