In December of 2019, The Great Yawn spent their time between the studio and swimming pool while house sitting for their producer in heat-soaked Pretoria. By the end of the holiday season, they had recorded what would become the rest of the 2nd album, less than a year after releasing their debut. ‘The Waves, the Tide and the Moon’ is a deeply personal collection of songs, sketches, reflections and contemplations about life’s peculiar lessons. Themes of love, loss, yearning and disillusionment are scattered throughout Dan Bakkes’ lyrics. On the toned-down production of the new album, The Great Yawn explain: “…rather than taking time to perfect every moment, we left it raw and underdressed. This way we hope to bring our audience a little closer to our process, revealing a little more of what The Great Yawn is really all about.”
The album’s lead single ‘California’ dropped on October 4th, 2019 and made its way to 5FM later in 2019. A music video was released shortly afterwards. More singles were released over a period of months, including an acoustic version of ‘California’ which didn’t make the album’s final cut. ‘The Waves, the Tide and the Moon’ was finally released on June 19th, 2020. The album again includes guest performances by Ola Kobak and Dylan Thomas Graham, and additional production by Ola Kobak.
‘Botanica’ is the debut album by The Great Yawn, released February 1st, 2019. The album’s lead single ‘Contention’ quickly caught the eye of Apple Music Africa executives, helping The Great Yawn reach a wider audience on the streaming service, and racking up nearly half a million streams to date. Shortly after it’s release, ‘Contention’ was licenced for the Showmax original series The Girl From St. Agnes. ‘Botanica’ was produced by Ola Kobak and The Great Yawn. All songs were written and recorded by Dan Bakkes and Brendon Erasmus and includes guest performances on the album by Ola Kobak and Dylan Thomas Graham.