ISLAND TIME is the latest EP from Montréal singer/songwriter Yitzy (fka Isaak Salomon). With his band, the Bits, he offers up a sunny blend of folk & western, and delivers on the promise of his last single No Bad Days: to help everyone chill out.
From the tongue-in-cheek dadrock of Weekend Weather, to the country guitar stylings of Philadelphia, Yitzy is unapologetically laid back. He paints a portrait of summer haze on Carry Me Back Home, and draws on his experience touring BC’s gulf islands for the title track. His vocals are complemented by the flourishes of acclaimed pedal steel guitarist Dylan S. Keating, and the funky bass lines of his best friend Colin. Rounding out the quartet on drums is Philip Shaw Bova, who was also responsible for engineering. Inspired by the 1956 jazz album Ella & Louis, the group tracked the four songs live-to-tape in one afternoon. The only addition after-the-fact was the honeyed 2nd verse of Philadelphia, sung by fellow Montréaler Eva Foote.
With Island Time, Yitzy resists Montréal’s long winter and promises something more — not just warmer weather, but better times. It’s the perfect soundtrack for a lazy afternoon drive, or a walk on the beach. This music will float in through your open window and helps you take things slow — on island time.
The four-song EP is out June 1, 2018.