I've been aware of Yves Tumor's name for a few months, having been compelled by their musical aesthetic & use of imagery.
When I heard their comeback single "God Is a Circle", I was just instantly fascinated by Yves' use of art-rock that was simultaneously raw and rife with infectious energy.
Thankfully, this album still carries that same level of energy as that single promised and it offers so much more to the table as well.
Lyrically, Praise a Lord Who Chews... explores the spiral of anxiety & searching for a new frame of mind amidst it all. It's descent through this spiral is elevated through it's production.
I love how this album sounds from a production scale; it has a repetitive structure from time to time and that really conveys this spiral so effectively to a near uncomfortable degree.
Operator particularly has these surreal strings that left me frozen, and In Spite of War has that riotous art-rock energy to it that makes me feel triumphant as I'm finding a new start after a rough patch in life.
Yves' vocals are really unique to me, having this low monotone range that's alluring & sinister. The higher notes hit you with a stronger sense of pain that sends chills across my spine. It's hard to believe that they're 53 years old and have this impressive level of vocal range.
It's hard to tell whether Yves is singjng from their own perspective or a third-person viewpoint, but either way it doesn't take away anything from the raw impact that's invoked in this album.
Praise a Lord Who Chews... is a sonically gorgeous & dark journey of spiralling anxiety that strikes a chord with you. The level of experimentation with all these genre influences is astonishing and drags you through this lapse of emotional power.
A must listen from me!