Over the next fortnight we will be posting the 'Smashed Vinyl Albums of the Year So Far...' with help of some of our friends. They will be posted every two days, so there is going to plenty things coming up.
Starting us off we've got Cal from Vapour Trail Blog with his album of the year so far.
Yak - Alas Salvation
A turbocharged record frothing at the mouth, the debut record from London power trio Yak is a rough and ready response to anyone that thinks the quality of guitar music has receded in the year 2016. Arriving this May, Alas Salvation is 40 minutes of the most intense, whirring garage rock ever to smatter the ears of music fans.
The album opens with Victorious (National Anthem), a song with an intro that sounds like the propeller of the world's most menacing biplane, that plunges you immediately into a claustrophobic, vicious sonic sphere, gasping for air. A break in the musical free-for-all doesn't really arrive, until track 4, and by then, Yak have long since left their imprint on your very soul. Throughout, frontman Oli Burslem is the archetypal byronic rock and roll star; he howls through the venomous title track, lunges lead single Harbour The Feeling to anthemic heights, and makes your skin crawl with his derranged Mark E Smith like vocals on Curtain Twitcher.
Yak started 2016 with little beyond the notoriety that the havok live show has wreaked worldwide, but this debut adds just the right amount of order to their chaos. Garage rock at its most exciting since The Cramps, Yak surge with danger, excitement, and above all, the talent to mediate every last bit of this into their debut album.