Mother Yeti are fostering an unpredictability worthy of their legendary namesake. Whether the music is grunge-tinged retro-rock or carries the jangle of alternative folk — this is a band that keeps you on your toes.
The three-to-five piece project hails from the Pacific Northwest and hinge their sound on guitar depth and fore-fronted vocals. Referring to themselves as “your basic old school rock ‘n’ rollers”, the band has a chemistry dating back to high school, when two pals came together to create something generative.
Now, Bill Tracy takes the reigns on My Best Please, which he recorded almost entirely on his own while he had a summer off work. The record is busy: there is west-coast jangle placed against pure-funk jams (“Roller Blade Shades”), balanced with some heavy grunge-rock energy (“Over My Head”). Their Americana-laced “My Best Please” proves even more adaptability.
Where the band are at their best is when they can dip into different energies but tether it to their signature hazy sound. “Push the Weather” touches on funk but levels it with a dark-to-sunny transition and bouncy guitar variation. Here, the bouncing guitar line takes the spotlight and sticks in your mind. “Graceful Space” is another highlight — a hazy psychedelic sense of something you could get lost in. Trance-like and spacious, Mother Yeti tap into a chill.
My Best Please is a record that showcases versatility over unity. This is a band with songwriting chops and few limitations on where they will go. From the opening burst of energy to the concluding instrumental composition, Mother Yeti are here to give you the whole package.