John Andrews plays drums in Quilt, keyboards in Woods, and is also a regular member in Hand Habits and Cut Worms, among other groups. But he's also a songwriter and records his own folky pop rock under the auspices of John Andrews & The Yawns, which is mostly just him but also his friends. The third Yawns album, Cookbook, is set to be released May 14 via Woodsist. He's just released a lovely new song from the record, "River of Doubt," a song about lying awake with your thoughts, set to a a jazzy beat and delicately plucked guitars. The video, which John directed, mixes snapshots from work and play with some excellent hand-drawn animation. Check that out, along with a "show poster" for the single (in lieu of making them for shows), below.
On a record like Cookbook, there are a lot of sonic ingredients involved and we asked John to give us the recipe. He came back to us with a list of 10 inspirations for the album, which include everything from Fats Domino and Vince Guaraldi to Joni Mitchell and The Shangri-Las, skateboarders, and yes, his kitchen. You can check out John's list, including insightful and witty commentary, below.