Lviv, Ukraine trio Somali Yacht Club’s new album, The Space finds them in full expanse of their sonic elements, delivering atmospheric post-rock/metal with dashes of melancholy and introspection.
A new age of stoner rock has arrived.
Named after the real-life pirates who attack vessels off the Somalian coast and the peaceful leisure of those with time to kill and money to burn, Somali Yacht Club musically embodies the boundless, wide-open, quiet/loud spaces that atmospheric post-rock and metal occupy.
Formed in Lviv, Ukraine in 2011, the band mixes elements of stoner rock, psychedelic rock, shoegaze, and post-metal to create a sound all their own. The Space, their debut release for Season Of Mist, was tracked at various points throughout 2021 at Jenny Records near Lviv with mixing and mastering courtesy of Yaroslav Tseluiko at Jaro Sound in the Czech Republic.
The Space’s amazing cover art by Dasha Pliska, who is also responsible for The Sun and The Sea artwork, features a supernova, which couldn’t be more perfect for a band that sounds like they’re about to take off into the stratosphere. The Space also completes the trilogy that began with previous releases The Sun and The Sea.
Like their name serving a dual purpose, so does Somali Yacht Club’s output on The Space. It’s an impressive balancing act between heavy and soft, with moments that will place them into the echelons of bands who have previously mastered the timeless art of dynamics. The Space is the perfect elixir in a time rife with uncertainty, menace, and chaos.