Andy Yorke, Simple (Chocolate Lab)

Simple is an apt title for this beautiful lo-fi debut from Andy Yorke, brother of Radiohead's Thom. Those Yorkes sure got good music genes.

Simply impressive
Singer/songwriter Andy Yorke, brother of Radiohead''s Thom, takes the album title seriously on his lo-fi solo debut, stripping production on these tunes down to the necessities to leave room for his plaintive, lofty vocals. His singing makes an immediate impact via the title track as he stretches his clear, melancholic notes through echoey plucked guitar. Elsewhere, “Rise and Fall” begins delicately, adding in jarring electric riffs for balance; “Diamant” melds hypnotic rhythms with lonely melodies; and Yorke''s emotional output unfurls beautifully alongside the effects-and-piano closing of “Ode to a Friend.” [4 out of 5 stars]