Throughout 2017, Adrian Galvin — the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter behind the indietronica-project Yoke Lore — dropped off a slew of electrifying takes on his 2017 originals “Goodpain,” “Only You,” and “World Wings.”
Now, Yoke Lore’s dropped off an official remix package for the number. Goodpain Remix is a cathartic assemblage of Yoke Lore’s work and presents a charming spectrum of electronica offerings. There are also never before heard takes on the record, including “Level Tools” from the electronic South African and Californian duo AMINA! and “World Wings,” from the textural synth-pop outfit Blackbird Blackbird which echoes satiny sonic sentiments similar to chillwave’s pioneer, Washed Out.
The indie outfit Yeasayer has hit the pressure point in their latest cathartic number, “Goodpain.”
“Goodpain” is originally a single by Adrian Galvin — the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter behind the indietronica-leaning Yoke Lore — but Yeasayer’s reworking elevates Galvin’s lively number with a furthered inoculation of high-spirits and perseverance.
“‘Goodpain’ is about needing to go through necessary periods of difficulty or struggle in order to get to the good part of anything,” Galvin told Billboard of the track earlier this year.
Certainly, Yeasayer takes listeners to a blissful state in their “Goodpain” reworking, but the track’s newfound energy and aspiration for perseverance’s payoff is also plenty palpable.
Those familiar with the soaring, electronic pop sounds of Yoke Lore may be startled, at live shows, to see bandleader Adrian Galvin take the stage with only a banjo in hand. At recent shows in 2017, Galvin dances between the unlikely combination of a vocal manipulation rig and banjo, while his drummer bounces equally between a traditional kit and at least one SPD SX. Subsequently, Yoke Lore’s performance is a typical electronic indie show, with the caveat of lacquered-on banjo folk.
In April, Yoke Lore released “Only You,” and turned in the most quintessential version of his sound: that percussive banjo, filtered, warped and transformed into an almost entirely new instrument, Galvin’s harmonic vocal textures and ambient synth backtracks. Now, in May, with the release of “Goodpain,” Yoke Lore saddles up with massive electro-tribal drum syncopations, another popular ingredient in his pop-folk recipe book.
Analogous in arrangement to an earlier 2017 single, “World Wings,” “Goodpain” (which is also the name of the new EP, out June 16th) is Yoke Lore sans banjo. In recent interviews, Galvin points to the idea of change, it’s constancies and ensuing difficulties, as a major point of focus. Inevitably, Yoke Lore’s music will change. So as integral as, say, the banjo, (and folksiness, in general) is to his sound, it’s no surprise that other instruments, or even genres, will undoubtedly catch Galvin’s skyward gaze.