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Release Date: March 5, 2011
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A solo acoustic guitar album, featuring 6+12 strings and a slide guitar. Mood is folk-blues augmented with some soundscapes. This is my debut album.

“Yona is composing some of the most genre-bending music for solo steel-string heard since Sandy Bull opened up all the possibilities around the idiom in the 60’s. As a musician, Yona’s story isn’t terribly different than that of many guitarists who have experienced life-altering epiphanies upon hearing Bert Jansch for the first time. Instead of turning his back completely on rock and the cornucopia of sounds which swelled in his head, his musical trajectory placed the acoustic center stage for a wide panorama of musical styles and textures to envelop.

Remember, Yona’s astonishing debut solo album, is a celebration of the Takoma Records and American Primitive Guitar school coarsely filtered through a multi-hued prism of sound, resulting in an intelligent collection of compositions delivered in a fully-formed and strikingly singular voice. ” (Chris Scofield, Strange Attractors Audio House)

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Album Review

Grayson Currin, Pitchfork: "On a recent rainy day, I was thumbing through the Folk section of All Day Records, a new boutique store in Carrboro, N.C. Near the back of the rack, an elegant black-and-white cover nabbed my attention. I pulled the record from the shelf and inspected its design-- minimal but florid, with simply sketched birds and flowers dotting thick vines that curled across the stock. The black sticker affixed to the shiny plastic told me just enough to foster intrigue: The artist, Yair Yona, was a Tel Aviv-based guitarist, and this LP was from a tiny pressing of 300 on the Portland, Ore., label Strange Attractors. I added the record to the stack and headed for the counter.

Now, a little more than a week later, Yair Yona's Remember stands as one of my favorite albums of 2010. Like its cover, Remember appears at first as sort of barebones acoustic guitar record, highlighted by a fleetly picked blues number called "Struggled So Hard" and a flitting, fluttering piece called "Are You Smarter Than a 35 Year Old TV Host?" But the flourishes here are often as subtle as they are striking. The moaning slide guitar that carries the opening title track glides in from a crest of quiet, glowing synthesizers; after five minutes of turmoil, the closer, "Skinny Fists", pauses and opens wide for a chamber ensemble. The ensemble surges, delivering an album otherwise full of pontification and melancholy into a graceful fit. Musically, it's the songbird alighting on the cover's black bough."


Bill Meyer, Dusted Magazine:
"Coming up on age 30 and born and raised in Israel, his reference points include American indie rock and Eastern European folk, and both get play here. The plugged-in, unabashedly epic elements of “Floodgate…” lift what’s good from the framework of Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s epic and leave out the soapbox haranguing. And “Russian Dance,” with its not-quite-dry-eyed accordion and lilting mandolin, could probably get him repeat bookings at a Slavic exile’s café."