The third LP from Derby-based musician and filmmaker Grawl!x (aka James Machin) is out today on limited frosted clear vinyl and digitally.
Following on from 2014’s Good Grief, and 2016’s Aye! the album completes a trilogy and is his first release with us here at Reckless Yes. We’re so thrilled to help release this album, a remarkable and stunning slice of dreampop dealing with themes of grief in a most tender way but with a surprising lack of melancholy.
Support for the album has been strong with interviews at For The Rabbits and Derby’s local culture site Storge, as well as reviews from Bearded Magazine and Bloop, and support from God Is In The TV Zine and The 405 among others.
Bearded Magazine said, “Appendix is another unyielding success for the Midlands outfit, yet it comes out sonically and structurally stronger than the last record. Admiration grows on every listen and it makes the personal list of albums of the year so far.”
While Machin is the creative force behind the album there’s a host of collaborators giving their support – from composer Richard J Birkin, to multi-instrumental wunderkinder Haiku Salut, and guest vocals from Sex Jokes / Mighty Kids Shelley Jane Newman, and aforementioned Danielle too. When we started Reckless Yes we said we wanted it to be a community, a family, as much as a label or a business and this record completely embodies that spirit.
Writing on the Grawl!x Facebook page Machin said, “Today sees the release of our third album ‘Appendix’, topping off a trilogy of records about grief. Dare I say, we’re all reet proud of it and for what it’s worth I feel it’s one of the best things I’ve had the pleasure of being involved in making. Goes without saying but to everyone who’s helped out with it all, we are indefatigably grateful and that includes all you lovely folks who’ve listened to and supported us over the last few years.”
Sarah Lay, co-founder of Reckless Yes, said, “It’s an absolute joy to put this album out with Grawl!x having covered his previous two releases as a journalist, and definitely counting myself as a huge fan of his work. Musically this is a simply beautiful record, huge amounts of intricate melody but woven together so delicately, resonating bittersweetly as it faces in to loss, grief and life going on. It’s exactly the sort of record which deserves to be a physical piece of art and the vinyl along with some gorgeous artwork is something I adore having in my own collection.”
Grawl!x play live:
- 7 April 2018 – album launch show at JT Soar, Nottingham with support from Natalie Evans, Charlotte Emily Anne Lunn, and Umbilica. £8 on the door, BYOB, arrive early as space extremely limited. Details here.
- 6-8 July 2018 – Timber Festival, Derbyshire. Details here.