Evening Souvenirs

Evening Souvenirs

by The YearningThe Yearning


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A recording project of British producer/songwriter Joe Moore, the Yearning released its debut LP in 2014. For those unfamiliar with prior EPs, Dreamboats & Lemonade introduced the outfit's nostalgic chamber pop, written and recorded using the Beach Boys, Burt Bacharach, and especially '60s girl groups as templates, and sung by -- in tribute to the era -- teenager Maddie Dobie. Two years later, the follow-up, Evening Souvenirs, concentrates on the more melancholy shades of Bacharach. To set the stage, the album opens with a one-minute instrumental prelude that begins with a single repeated note on piano and develops into arpeggiated keys with strings. Soon, the record's first words are: "Why do the raindrops keep on falling/Fall down my window like they do?/Why does the second hand keep moving on/If life ended here when I lost you?" The heartbreak swells with woodwinds, brass, and reinforcement from the Cotswold Voices choir, who return later on select tracks. Song titles like "When You Look at Her" and "Fools Fall in Love" correctly predict that the album continues in kind. The more seductive "Fall in Love with Me" is a bossa nova with guitar, rhythm section, flute, strings, and a husky saxophone solo. Also offering a slight change of pace, "Nightingale" is a duet with Moore and Dobie, and "Ava" is a short but sweet acoustic guitar solo by Mark Kiff, who plays throughout the album. While Evening Souvenirs plays as a novelty due to its really spot-on retro arrangements, performances, and production, it should delight fans of Baroque pop, as well as those in the mood for dramatic, brokenhearted indie pop.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2016
Label: Elefant Spain
UPC: 8428846212142
catalogNumber: 1214
Rank: 157841


  1. Evening Souvenirs
  2. When I Lost You
  3. Don't Know What I'm Doing
  4. Fall in Love with Me
  5. When You Look at Her
  6. Nightingale
  7. Ava
  8. The Moment Your Heart Would Say Goodbye
  9. You Stopped the World
  10. Not That Type of Girl
  11. Fools Fall in Love
  12. Sometimes

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yearning   Primary Artist
Roger Cox   Choir, Chorus
Roger Probert   Choir, Chorus
Wendy Jones   Choir, Chorus
Sarah Oliver   Choir, Chorus
Sarah Richards   Choir, Chorus
Mark Kiff   Guitar,Group Member
Maddie Dobie   Vocals,Group Member
Andy Marshall   Choir, Chorus
Joe Moore   Vocals,Choir Conductor,Group Member
Vivienne Hoskins   Choir, Chorus
Suzanne Fraser   Choir, Chorus
Liz Billson   Choir, Chorus
June Kitchener   Choir, Chorus
Joanna Cave   Choir, Chorus
Jessamyn Cox   Choir, Chorus
Jane Allum   Choir, Chorus
Helena Sellwood   Choir, Chorus
Helen Holden   Choir, Chorus
Felicity Cormack   Choir, Chorus
Fay Whenray   Choir, Chorus
David Keeling   Choir, Chorus
Christine Apperley   Choir, Chorus
Chloe Rodger   Choir, Chorus
Charlotte McDonald   Choir, Chorus
Billie Hayter   Choir, Chorus
Alison Rodger   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Joe Moore   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Choir Arrangement,Instrumentation
David Ashbourne   Engineer

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