Saturday, 29 November 2014

do they know it's 6mas time again

Around it comes again – merry6mas time. Merry6mas comes of age hitting the grand old age of 16 this year.  Seems pretty amazing to me that it’s lasted this long as my original ambition as a jusician was to be able to have a record released.  About 16 years and 150 releases later, here we are with the latest merry6mas.  As ever, this is a collection of tracks that, for whatever reason, didn’t get released by other means.  There’s a few tracks recorded specially for this CD, some alternate versions of tracks from ‘Closer to The Sea’, some tracks that didn’t fit with the concept of the album, and the live set from FUSE gallery in Bradford, available in physical format.
The CD is nearly 80 minutes long and comes in a hand stamped card sleeve with a 12 page booklet full of beautiful winter photographs by the wonderful Christy Romanick.  This release again comes courtesy of Silber Records as one of the Silber Christmas Eps (stretching the EP concept a little).
This CD will be available from 30 November 2014 from the yellow6 bandcamp page:
While you’re there, don’t forget that essential Christmas gift for the one you love (or otherwise) with copies of Closer To The Sea Without Moving still available.  Also, there are the last 4 copies of Y6XV (in gig edition sleeve) plus some other lovely CDs.
If you fancy a copy of any of these other releases that aren’t on Bandcamp, email me for details:
In Time This Too Will Fade (clear vinyl LP)
Death:Valley (2CD set, or 2 x colour vinyl LP)
Painted Sky (CD)
Thanks to you all for your support that has made it possible to reach 16 years and still going…

Here’s some nice things people said about Closer To The Sea Without Moving

Experimental band Yellow6 graces us with a new album, Closer To The Sea Without Moving, on North Carolina's Silber Records. The ten tracks combine aspects of drone, shoegaze and post-rock into an artist canvas of lush soundscapes. The music finds each element and texture adding personality to the overall aesthetic. What emerges is an album of sublime taste and beauty.
Floorshime Zipper Boots
emerging from the post rock / space rock / ambient scene Jon Atwood (nee Yellow6) has established himself as one of the foremost purveyors in the art of crafting mood moving widescreen soundscapes…. as ever the string strokes exude a touch of finite serene elegance, The set though is dominated beautifully by the five part ‘closer to the sea’ suite, here Atwood comes into his own rifling through as where the lighthouse’s old memories, the centre point being the delicately harnessed ‘part 2’ – it’s here that Atwood’s mastery of intimacy and the channelling of moods comes into exacting focus, from the opining grace and carefree motifs that speckle its introduction to the storm lashed brutality of the conversation between the victim and perpetrator at 8.27 wherein the onset of feedback ruptures suddenly threaten with dooming consequence, between these polar extremes the lighthouse’s sense of pride,. All said we here are quite smitten by the demurring beauty of the Mancini meets Vini O’Reilly spectral detailing that dapples the fragile grooves of the mellowed ‘red candy’ which only falls into runners up spot at the emergence of the gorgeously serene Fahey schooled ‘sleet day’ – exquisite as you’d rightly expect.
The Sunday Experience

a very mellow, mellifluous and somber sort of album, with a big emphasis on an ambient sound.   If you enjoy the calming, soothing ambient sketches of Brian Eno then you will be right at home with this latest release by Yellow 6.
~ Kent Manthie, Independent Review

Friday, 10 October 2014

closer to the sea....without moving - the new album

Over the past 12 months or so, the ideas for a new album have been forming.  There was an original concept in mind to release a 12" LP, but as these dissolved, they were replaced by the historical and un-trendy format of the compact disc. The selected tracks, written and recorded during 2014, are released as a 60 minute limited CD and download.  

This album, Closer To The Sea Without Moving, contains 10 new tracks, including "Closer To The Sea" (which was to be one full side of an LP, it's five parts totally 22 minutes).  

The album is released as a 150 copy CD with hand screen printed silver on black gatefold sleeve with 8 page photo booklet.  

The physical CD/download will be available from 11.10.2014 from the Bandcamp site:

Also available is the recent recording "Live at FUSE Bradford 22 Aug 2014" available for free download.  The 3 song set includes alternate versions of 2 album tracks, along with one originally released on Y6XV (merry6mas2013) - also available to download.

watch out for merry6mas2014 (the coming of age) - 16th in the ongoing series.....

Monday, 14 July 2014

Summer News 2014


I hope you are enjoying the sun/rain or both wherever your summer is happening.  Here in the middle of England, about as far from the sea as it’s possible to get yellow6 is beavering away slowly on a few things…

First off, I have contributed to the Silber QRD guitarists compilation with an exclusive improv noisey guitar track, in the company of many many fine guitarists.  From the Silber newsletter:

We've finally got the guitarist compilation completed! 55 tracks, 241 minutes, 2388 page ebook of interviews, easily the most massive thing we've put together.  It has a lot of the usual Silber suspects appearing (members of Remora, Electric Bird Noise, Hotel Hotel, Northern Valentine, mwvm, Plumerai, etc.) as well as folks like Aidan Baker (Nadja), Alan Sparhawk (Low), Eric Quach (thisquietarmy), & I could go on forever.  You can go to the website to see the full track listing.
Next up, I have two gigs over the summer.

First is an appearance at the Fairywood Festival in Essex on 9th August.  All info here:

The I play at Fuse Art Space in Bradford on Friday 22nd August : Memory Drawings / Yellow6 / Gerrard Bell-Fife:

The new album….

In a change of plans, the new album will now be released as a limited CD/download by the wonderful Silber label   The CD will be an edition of no more than 200 copies, available through Silber in the USA and Yellow6/Bandcamp for UK/EU.  Digital download will be via Bandcamp/Silber/iTunes…. More on that soon (probably an autumn release)

Lastly, I  have copies of the limited gig edition of Y6XV in special spray stencilled sleeve.  There were only 20 of these and there’s about 10 left.  I also have copies of the Death:Valley 2CD set and the 2LPs Death and Valley in colour vinyl, and the last few copies of the Tonefloat LP in silver sleeve and Sleep of Reason 4LP set, all at special prices (email for info).  Other stuff still available through

Enjoy your summer and more news soon…


Sunday, 15 June 2014

Y6XV Reviewed - limited edition available

many thanks to Beach Sloth for the review below:

 yellow6 creates beautiful sky-gazing music on “Y6XV”. While it may try to pass itself off as “shoegaze” there is too much hope within these songs to let them simply stare at the ground. Here the guitar soars without a care. The melodies are clear-eyed in their determination to evolve. Gradually they do with extreme care and patience. Slowness is a major feature of many of the pieces on here and it is wonderful. A lack of speed means the songs are able to become graceful, even grand in their elaborate presentations. 

                “bright skies” begins the album in the best way possible. Aspects of the work conjure up images of Stars of the Lid at their most rock-oriented. “falcon one” is brilliant. Texture-wise it is incredibly appealing. Distortion becomes the anchor upon which everything else rests. With the distortion providing the support the guitars gently linger above. Particularly brilliant is how the distortion melts away to reveal the beauty. Such a carefully laid out piece it is a highlight of the album. On “sleep day” yellow6 brings in sparse drumming in an almost slow-core song.

                “summershine” starts to bring the album to a close. Starting out with an incredibly aggressive sound it focuses on how the song loses the energy and mellows out into a calming gentle lullaby by the end. “all fives” is by far the most ambitious song on the entire album. Closing things off with a summary of everything that preceded it, it grows loud before experimental impulses bring it to its gentle conclusion. “Y6YV” is a tender sweet album full of colorful glorious melody.

A limited edition of Y6XV was made for the recent live show in May 2014 in London - 20 copies in special handmade spray paint stencilled sleeves.  Some of these are left and will be on the Bandcamp site in the next few days.

The next Y6 release will be a download/limited CD released by Silber....more on that soon

Monday, 7 April 2014

Yellow6 live May 2014

Yellow6 live

The only Yellow6 show currently booked / planned is on 22nd May 2014 at Power Lunches in Hackney, London with thisquietarmy and Imprints.

Power Lunches Arts Cafe
446 Kingsland Road
Hackney, E8 4AE

Full details of the show are here:

and here:

the set will probably be a mix of ‘greatest hits’ and new stuff but who knows what might happen in the next few weeks…..

There will be copies of the TQA/Y6 collaboration CD and LPs Death:Valley available at the show, and a special edition of Y6XV (same CD, different sleeve)

Hope to see some of you there


Be Prepared for:

thisquietarmy: over nine years Montreal’s Eric Quach has been performing dark and expansive guitar based experiments. Taking influence from sources ranging from post-punk and krautrock to black metal, his work swings between glacial and propulsive.

"cavernous, imploding rock music and astrally inclined drone ritual [...] it's shoegaze played through in the din of a rocket launch” - Rock-a-Rolla

"Deep penetrating tracks & dazzling astral atmospheres" – ATTN Magazine

Yellow6: we are delighted to put on a rare London show for Jon Attwood. Since the 90’s, his music has been drifting along slowly, its gentle momentum picking up emotional resonance in a way few in this field, other than maybe Labradford and Stars of the Lid, have achieved.

"the music has a rare depth and intelligence which Attwood’s contemporaries struggle to match even on their best days” - Leonard’s Lair

Imprints: London based experimenters in archaic noise technologies. Formerly known as Mavis Beacon, with one stunning tape of beautiful static under that name, they are playing here in support of their new album.

"celebrating their academic origins but moving beyond them into equally ecstatic territory” - Foxy Digitalis

£6 in advance/£8 on the door