Yellow6's Jon Attwood wanders like a surveyor set loose in dense fog, sketching features lost in mist and more sensed than seen. Visibility may be impaired, but Attwood's imagination is not. He guesses at the shapes of mountains and monuments, his semi-improvised guitar lines meandering in relief to an overcast backdrop of synth and feedback.
Attwood graces OVERTONE's drizzly blur with coruscating chord changes, picked and strummed melodic motifs, and evanescent beats. He uses the same simple elements--guitar, effects, synth, and drum-machine--throughout. Yet the songs that make up this 71-minute suite are only similar in the sense by which jonquils, traffic lights, mustard, and canary wings enjoy distant kinship in color. OVERTONE is understated and mesmerizing.